In the next forty years humans will need to produce the same amount of food as they have in the past ten thousand years! In order to meet this immense challenge, society needs to cultivate a great number of experts who specialize in each of the many aspects of the food industry. CAPS Global Food Industries is a multi-disciplinary class examining a diversity of different topics relating to food and food delivery systems along the “field to fork” continuum from local, national, and global perspectives. In this class, special emphasis will be placed on preparing students to meet the impending food challenges faced by a rapidly-growing population.
Students will also engage in a semester-long capstone project in which they design a unique commercializable food product, determine its nutritional profile, develop appropriate packaging, and generate a business plan for its marketing to both a national and international audience. Students will have the opportunity to develop their project further into an actual business endeavor in a subsequent semester and to participate in an internship.