Food, agricultural, nutrition, and natural resource sciences are poised to make major contributions to improve human health and protect our environment. With the launch of the National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIF A) in 2009, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack said "the opportunity to truly transform a field of science happens at best once a generation." With the release of a report by the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization stating that food production will need to nearly double by 2050 to meet the demands of a world population totaling more than nine billion, this announcement is timely. The current administration has identified five "societal challenge" areas for emphasis including ending world hunger, improving nutrition and reducing child obesity, ensuring food safety for all Americans, securing America's energy future through renewable biofuels, and mitigating and adapting agriculture to climate change.
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