RSC - Advancing the Chemical Sciences

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By 2030 the world's population will have increased by 1.7 billion to over 8 billion. The growth in population, increasing affluence, climate volatility and limited land and water availability mean we will soon be facing a food crisis.

The greatest technological challenge humanity faces is to sustainably meet energy and food demands, without permanently damaging the environment. The application of chemistry and engineering is a key part of the solution.

This section looks at the opportunities that exist for the chemical sciences to supply healthy, safe and affordable food for all.


Agricultural productivity

Significantly and sustainably increase agricultural productivity to provide food, feed, fibre and fuel

Healthy food

Increase understanding of the interaction of food intake with human health and to provide food that is better matched to personal nutrition requirements. (Further information to fo...

Food safety

Provide consumers with 100% confidence in the food they eat. (Further information to follow).

Process efficiency

Develop and use technologies to make the manufacture, processing, distribution and storage of food more efficient with respect to all inputs. (Further information to follow).

Supply chain waste

Develop ways to minimise food waste from all stages of the supply chain. (Further information to follow).

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