Food Innovation Center

Collaborating for a healthier, hunger-free world.

  • We are the Food Innovation Center

    We are the Food Innovation Center

    Learn about our key initiatives Read more »

  • Upcoming Events

    Upcoming Events

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    Stay Connected

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  • Become a Member

    Become a Member

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  • Members in the News

    Members in the News

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Discover a healthier hunger-free world

Food is basic to life and our global food system must innovate to sustain it. A population of nine billion people in year 2050 will demand a staggering 70% increase in the world’s food supply. Simply increasing production will not eradicate hunger nor improve human health. One third of food produced is now lost or wasted due to flaws in process, economics, energy, behavior, and policy. Food discovery at Ohio State is innovation that works across disciplines; it is the best ideas from academic, government, and industry professionals that solve local, national and global food needs. The Ohio State Food Innovation Center has the tools and talent to improve access to abundant, safe, health-promoting food. 

Dietary Guidelines for Americans Summit

DGA Summit

The 2015 Dietary Guidelines bring a renewed focus to the role food plays in the health of our nation. The Ohio State University and National Geographic have invited leading nutrition influencers from the public and private sector to convene on May 21, 2015 to amplify the need for relevant dietary guidelines that work for diverse consumers across the country. The program features representatives from academia, medicine, government and non-profit organizations including:

Cheryl Achterberg, Dean, The Ohio State University College of Education and Human Ecology
Lucile Adams-Campbell, Professor of OncologyGeorgetown Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer Center
• Roger Clemens, Adjunct Professor of Pharmacology, University of Southern California
Kevin Concannon, Under Secretary for Food, Nutrition, and Consumer Services, USDA
Benard P. DreyerPresident-Elect, American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP)
• Ginny Ehrlich, Director, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
Daniel Glickman, former U.S. Secretary of Agriculture; Senior Fellow, Bipartisan Policy Center
David Just, Professor of Applied Economics & Management, Cornell University
Leslie Lytle, Professor and Chair, Department of Health Behavior, University of North Carolina
J. Michael McGinnis, Senior Scholar, Institute of Medicine of the National Academies
Anna Maria Siega-Riz, Professor of Epidemiology and Nutrition, University of North Carolina

There is no cost to attend the Summit but registration is required. Register at


DGA Summit

Evidence based national food policy for 2015.

The Dietary Guidelines for Americans Summit will take place on May 21, 2015 in Washington, D.C. in partnership with National Geographic. Learn more about the event here.


SciVal Food Experts.

Explore the food innovation network and see a map of the connections between FIC members with common research interests.

Food Innovation Network

Over 400 members interested in food research.

The FIC encourages trans-institutional and interdisciplinary scholarship across campus to address local and global food needs. Search the FIC member directory here.