Food Production, Supply, and Safety

The Ohio State University

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The Ohio State University
 

The Food Production, Supply, and Safety Center of Excellence aims to insure the quality of food, a vital resource for human existence. Research, learning, policy development, and outreach will combine to ensure access to safe, health-promoting foods for present and future generations. This Center of Excellence focuses on food, as broadly defined from supply to production technology to safe distribution. The Center explores food safety, functional foods, agbioscience solutions to create sufficient quantities of food for the world, the economics of food production, distribution, and consumption, and the health impacts of food choices. This center brings together expertise in biosciences, business, economics, policy, engineering, medicine, and the health sciences to address these pressing concerns. Global issues explored include the impact of climate change, natural disasters, availability of water, infectious disease, and the "digital divide" on the availability and safety of the food supply. The four major themes of the Center are foods for health, food safety, biomedical nutrition, and global food policy.

Driving Economic Advancement

The potential economic impact of this Center can be seen at all levels – state, national, and global. At the state level, food and agriculture contribute more than $100 billion per year to the state economy and $30 billion per year to the shipping industry. With more than 1,000 food-processing plants located throughout Ohio, the food and agricultural sector accounts for 14 percent of our state's employment. These sectors employ more than 120,000 Ohioans, with more than 59,000 employees in high-wage jobs. Ohio currently ranks fifth in value-added food shipments. Because Ohio is located at the crossroads between the rich central grain belt and the populous eastern markets, many food companies call Ohio home. Ohio is the leading producer of many agricultural commodities and also has facilities for most of the world's largest food companies.

Benchmarks

  • The Center's faculty includes two members of the National Academy of Sciences, five fellows of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, and numerous fellows of many other national professional associations
  • Over the past five years, the academic programs and research centers affiliated with this Center have generated over $177 million in external funding from federal, state, and private sources
  • U.S. News & World Report has ranked both the College of Pharmacy and the College of Veterinary Medicine fifth nationally, the Fisher College of Business seventh among public universities, and chemical/biomolecular engineering 27th nationally

Goals

  • Provide innovative solutions to both Ohio's and the world's most pressing problems in food supply and safety
  • Establish Ohio as a global leader in food supply and safety by bringing together teams of researchers and industry partners, positively impacting the economic viability of one of the state's crucial industry sectors
  • Ensure a vibrant state economy by connecting students from the graduate and undergraduate programs associated with the Center with jobs in the Ohio food industry companies.

Metrics

  • Continued growth in external funding for the Center and its affiliates
  • Increased number of affiliated faculty who are members of the National Academy of Sciences, National Academy of Engineering, Institute of Medicine, American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and American Association for the Advancement of Science
  • Improved rankings for affiliated graduate programs
  • Increased licensing and consulting agreements
  • Increase in startup companies and Ohio-based industry growth
  • Increased number of graduates employed by Ohio-based industries in food supply and safety