Why the Food Biz Is Hungry for Tech

Innovations born in the lab now drive a wealth of new products and aim to make what people eat safer, longer-lasting, and healthier

On July 12, more than 20,000 technologists, food scientists, and nutritionists from around the world will converge on Chicago for the Institute for Food Technology's annual Food Expo. At the top of the agenda: Protecting the U.S. food supply from terrorist attack. Experts will present and debate novel processing techniques that use ultraviolet light and ultrasound, ideas for altering the genetic makeup of foods to help prevent inherited diseases, and advances in nano-biotechnology that employ supersensitive sensors to measure both the healthful and harmful bacteria that occur in food or that may be introduced into it.

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