A World with Abundant Food

Imagine...A World with Abundant Food

The College of ACES influences the world’s systems for growing and distributing food in many ways. From innovations in plant and animal production to safe, nutritious, economical meals for consumers, ACES is tackling hunger, the most basic of human needs.

Our scientists, educators, and students reach around the globe to understand and address poverty and food security for populations at risk. They also add value to food here at home through solutions that work. Discoveries made in ACES lead to new traits in the world’s most important food crops and animal species. Innovative strategies protect food supplies from pests, diseases, and other losses.

Scientists are also discovering ways to customize nutritional approaches to meet individual needs. Professors in economic and business disciplines delve deep into the workings of prices, market structures, and public policies. Other faculty investigate how families make decisions about food and how to encourage the development of healthy children.

Knowledge is increased and lessons are learned all over the world by students, partners and clientele of ACES, leading to new solutions for problems like food security and poverty, while creating value for people through food system innovations.

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Highlighted Research

Elevating crop yields
Dr. Tony Grift
Dr. Tony Grift likes to question world-famous scientists how their work contributes to feeding a world with over 9 billion people in 2050, while resources are running out, water becomes scarce, and CO2 warms the planet. Agricultural and biological engineers have a tremendous opportunity to help secure an abundant, sustainable, affordable, and safe food supply, but this requires true interdisciplinary research. This is why Grift works closely with his colleagues in the Department of Crop Sciences by providing engineering solutions to elevate crop yields within environmental constraints.


Margaret Norton

HORT 105, Vegetable Gardening, covers all aspects that a beginner needs to start a vegetable garden. The students learn how to choose a site, how to recognize good soil and amend poor soil to make it better, when to plant, what to plant, how to keep plants healthy, and how to preserve the harvest.

“I hope students will plant vegetables and become enthusiastic gardeners,” says Margaret