This is how we feed the world.

Everybody eats. But sadly, many lack access to safe, healthy food. This is a growing issue as our population climbs while our world becomes smaller in many ways. The challenge before us is clear: We must produce more with less. We must double our output using the same (or even fewer) resources than we are using now. And we must do so in ways that ensure that safe, healthy food is grown and delivered in environmentally responsible ways. This takes innovation. It takes science. Creativity. Passion. Curiosity. Above all, it takes people who care deeply about the individuals and the communities around them. As you consider a future in helping resolve these serious global challenges, consider the food- and science-based majors listed below.

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Majors in Feeding the World

Photo of a hand operating a computer mouseAgribusiness people work with farmers, distributors, sellers, investors and others to ensure that food products are readily available to all consumers.

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Photo of a camera focused on a cluster of grapes on the vineEffective communication is a growing need in food industries to ensure that vital information and messages are effectively shared between farmers, consumers, government agencies and other key players and stakeholders.

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Photo of green wheat field and sunny dayAs food industries grow and become more complex, growers, agribusinesses and communities are experiencing greater need for professionals with a broad-based knowledge of the agricultural sector.

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Photo of a cow standing in field near wire fenceAnimal scientists work with livestock producers, meat processors, distributors and sellers to ensure that beef, pork and similar products are raised and processed responsibly for the safety and health of consumers.

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Photo of student working in a biotechnology labBiotechnologists develop and refine methods of raising, producing and processing plant and animal food products to ensure they are healthier to eat and more manageable and resilient to grow across a variety of environments.

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Auburn University Crop Soil and Environmental Sciences Turfgrass professor displaying herbicide resistant weedsCrop and soil scientists work with one of earth’s most fundamental natural resources to ensure a healthy environment while producing quality plantbased food products.

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Minor in Fisheries and Allied AquaculturesScientists and businesspeople in the fisheries and aquaculture industries work to ensure communities have clean water and safe, healthy methods of growing and producing fish, shellfish and similar foods.

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Auburn University Food Science Camp studentsFood scientists develop safety measures, processing standards and packaging materials to ensure the highest quality in everything from fresh produce to beverages to candy.

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Photo of fruits and vegetables on display at a farmers marketHorticulturists work at every level of the fruit and vegetable industry to ensure the continuous availability of the world’s healthiest foods for every community.

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Feeding chickens with yellow bootsPoultry scientists work at every level of the poultry industry – from farm to fork – to ensure that meat is grown humanely while producing safe, healthy foods for consumers.

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