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Food science is a broad discipline, considered to be a sub division of agricultural science and is closely associated with nutrition. Many culinary academies and schools require their students who become chefs and other food professionals in food preparation and businesses have a strong background in food science. Food science studies not only the food itself, but all the processes that go into making, eating and preserving food. This requires knowledge of microbiology, chemistry, business, agronomy, and health and safety regulations. The Institute of Food Technologists have a booklet outlining the history of food science and describes food science as turning "traditional foods into a variety of specialty products and makes them tasty, safe, available, and convenient."
Food scientists apply scientific knowledge about food products, crops/herds and natural food processes to improve food preservation, availability and selection; find new food sources; evaluate and improve the nutritional value of food; prepare food; or even help enforce government policies on safety, sanitation, quality standards and waste management.
The title of "food scientist" can encompass a number of professions. Many food scientists are employed by government agencies or entities as inspectors and enforcers of regulations and standards. The vast majority, however, are employed in industry. Food scientists work at corporate farming enterprises, slaughtering operations, food processing and packaging facilities, community health programs, culinary businesses and institutions, research and educational organizations, and in consulting firms. More recently, food scientists and agronomists are helping pave the way in the bio-diesel industry, which works to convert plant energy (e.g. oils and compounds from corn and other plants) into fuel. Geneticists who help create new plant species that provide more complete nutrition can also be considered food scientists.
Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology
American Society of Agronomy
Living Science (Purdue University)
Institute of Food Technologists
Bakers mix and prepare dough, for bread, rolls, pastries, pies, and other baked goods. These baked goods can be sold in a bakery, restaurant store,...
Butchers and meat cutters cut up animals which have been slaughtered into different cuts of meat. This meat might be "case-ready" or "boxed" meat...
Chefs prepare and cook food in many different ways and for many different types of establishments and individuals. A chef may prepare all types...
Food Processor / Meat Packer / Butcher
Food processors may perform many different tasks, all in the field of food processing. Usually these tasks have to do with meat preparation and...
Food Service Manager
Food service managers are responsible for the daily operations of restaurants and institutions which prepare and serve food and drink to customers....