Food Components & Production

Ingredients

For centuries, ingredients have served useful functions in a variety of foods. Today, consumers demand and enjoy a diverse food supply that is made possible by food additives and advances in technology. There are thousands of ingredients used to make foods and consumers frequently have concerns about additives because of their long, unfamiliar names. Understanding food ingredients, their function, regulation and safety helps to clarify any misperceptions or unnecessary fear consumers may have over their use.

Agricultural Practices & Food Technology

Modern food technology and food processing has allowed for the development of a safer, more plentiful, and more sustainable food supply than ever before, and both fresh and processed foods can be safe, nutritious, and environmentally responsible choices. However, foods that are "processed" have been criticized in the media, and some opinion leaders have advised consumers to limit or avoid these foods. A lack of understanding of food technology contributes to this negative attitude and frequently heightened safety concerns as well. Becoming familiar with modern processes and agricultural practices can help shed light on the risks and benefits of utilizing available technologies.