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.
Dr. Phil Cardoso’s research at Dairy Focus looks at how dairy cow efficiency can be improved through cow health, production and reproduction. Cardoso’s research is grounded in two major areas: 1) mechanisms of metabolic adaptation from gestation to lactation in dairy cows (transition period), and 2) impact of nutrition on metabolism, reproduction, and health in dairy cows. His team collaborates and works to meet the challenges of the Illinois dairy industry and dairy farmers at large to help them maintain a more productive and efficient herd.
ANSC 409, Meat Science, covers a broad range of topics in the animal agriculture industry. The semester starts with a study of meat tissue—its function and structure—and then students talk about how muscles transition into meat.