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Food is an engine of Minnesota’s economic growth. Our health sciences programs help fuel that engine while ensuring each component of the global food production system is finely tuned.

Every day across Minnesota, our state’s farmers contribute to the start of a global food production process that will eventually touch consumers worldwide.

But while most people think of food only in terms of what ends up on their table, University of Minnesota health sciences researchers take a much broader view.

Our experts ensure food safety by investigating food-borne illness and developing new methods of food safety surveillance. Others have put a focus on nutrition and trying to combat food access challenges. We’re also leading efforts to better secure the global food supply, preventing outside threats to consumer safety. 

CropAcross the health sciences researchers also investigate the causes of obesity in adults and children, determining the ideal prevention and treatment methods that will curb our national obesity epidemic.

Outside of the health sciences programs, our researchers work collaboratively with experts from across the University to inform policymakers on a variety of food safety and production issues.

Food is an engine of Minnesota’s economic growth. Our health sciences programs help fuel that engine while ensuring each component of the global food production system is finely tuned.