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Food production

Producing more high-quality, safe food while minimizing environmental impact

Each year the world’s population grows by about 82 million people.1 To feed burgeoning communities worldwide, we must develop sustainable methods of food production. New approaches must increase production volume while maintaining nutritional standards and safety.

WSU scientists aim to transform food production methods to increase quality, quantity, and sustainability. Their problem-solving research keeps the state’s $35 billion food and agriculture industry among the most competitive in the world. What’s more, their discoveries deepen understanding of underlying disciplines: plant and animal genetics, metabolism, physiology, pathology, and food science. They lay the groundwork for the next generation of production systems to provide nutritious, plentiful food for humans and animals.

1. “Concise Report on the World Population Situation in 2014,” United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs, Population Division, 2014

Research areas

  • Optimized agricultural practices
  • Available and affordable food
  • Nutritious and safe foods