The Future of Food: How Will Chemists Change the Way We Eat?

By: Shannon Francolini sffrancolini@plymouth.edu

Plymouth State University’s collaboration with the American Chemical Society introduced new research regarding the future for the field of food chemistry. There is concern in future food insecurity and unsustainability within our community. “As ACS PSU, we hope to gain visibility in the PSU community and encourage others with similar interests in chemistry to join our team to express and expand our knowledge and skill.” Bao Ngyuen, the Vice President of the ACS Chapter, said.

On Tuesday February 25th, from 6:45PM to 7:45PM in Boyd room 236, students witnessed presentations as well as a Q&A forum with experts from the industry. After a live interactive video webcast hosted by Kerri Jansen, Assistant Editor at C&EN, Professor Selina Wang of UC Davis discussed her journey of the creation of new standards for the state of California and expanding. Wang and her team of researchers are facing important environmental matters by inventing valuable compounded products extracted from traditional waste streams from food production to improve agriculture in the state of California.

Environmental changes and disasters are becoming more apparent andnormalized throughout the cycling years. It is important to pay attention, get active, and care about the community you live in.

Shannon Francolini

Dr. Daniela Barile, similarly from UC Davis, discussed her research into recognizing and dissecting certain compounds in dairy that affect health outcomes, improve agriculture, and possible medicinal configurations of treatments for disease. Founder of the YouTube Channel, SciShow, Hank Green explains the science within plant-based meat alternatives. Joined by UC Berkley’s Alt. Meat X-Lab Research Director, Dr. Ricardo San Martin, offers some perspective to any questions regarding plant-based meat.

Throughout this informational, fun-filled event were opportunities to participate in “Food Trivia” on Twitter using #ACSPIB to get a shout-out on live air and win a prize. The event was open to anyone part of the PSU community for free snacks, drinks, and socialization.

Environmental changes and disasters are becoming more apparent and normalized throughout the cycling years. It is important to pay attention, get active, and care about the community you live in. Even if you weren’t able to attend the event, feel free to reach out to ACSPSU, or contact bvn1002@plymouth.edu to get more involved. “At PSU, learning isn’t just sitting in a classroom. It’s about going beyond what you thought was possible and making connections with faculty, classmates, and communities.”