Newswise — In honor of Earth Day, the Institute of Food Technologists (IFT) is highlighting the important role sustainable agriculture plays in feeding the world’s population. Recently, IFT unveiled a sweeping new program, FutureFood 2050, to create a broad dialogue on how science will deliver solutions needed to feed the world’s nine billion people by the year 2050.

With the launch of FutureFood 2050, IFT has expanded its publishing mission to reach a broader audience through its interview series and upcoming documentary film. Under the direction of an independent editorial team, FutureFood 2050 will come to life over the coming months with 75 interviews featuring independent-minded thought leaders around the globe. At the same time, a documentary will be completed looking at how the science of food will contribute solutions to feeding the world.

One of the first new articles highlights geneticist M.S. Swaminathan, heralded as the father of India’s Green Revolution of agricultural productivity that has helped feed millions. Swaminathan was named by the United Nations Environment Programme as “the Father of Economic Ecology.” In the article Swaminathan is quoted saying “We need an evergreen revolution, which I define as increase in productivity in perpetuity without ecological harm. That is what we’re now working for: technologies for sustainable agriculture.”

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About IFT This year marks the 75th anniversary of the Institute of Food Technologists. Since its founding in 1939, IFT has been committed to advancing the science of food. Our non-profit scientific society—more than 18,000 members from more than 100 countries—brings together food scientists, technologists and related professionals from academia, government and industry. For more information, please visit