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Food for the Future

The culture, economics and production of healthy and affordable food

University of Missouri scientists examine food from all sides, participating at the local, state, national and global level. Addressing effects on aging, obesity and chronic disease, researchers create healthier foods and provide nutrition outreach. Scholars also work to understand and solve problems of food safety and security. And with assets such as the Food and Agricultural Policy Research Institute and the Rural Policy Research Institute, MU makes important contributions to food-related culture and policy issues.

MU food research spans the globe, from drought-resistant crops in Missouri to cage fishing in Nepal. Widely recognized for its plant and animal expertise, MU ranks in the top 10 in the U.S. and the top 20 globally in plant and animal science research impact. It is home to some of the world’s leading scientists in corn, wheat and soybeans, as well as several USDA National Teaching Award winners. MU’s state-of-the-art facilities, including more than 14,500 acres of university-owned research centers, farms and forests, allow for extraordinary breadth and depth of study.