University combats food supply issues with MnDRIVE

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Thursday, July 31, 2014

With government dollars and partnerships with industry in tow, the University of Minnesota’s research powerhouse is turning its gaze to addressing global food security, safety and sustainability.

In a state home to many food companies and more than 26 million acres of farmland, the Legislature allocated $3 million in Minnesota’s Discovery, Research and InnoVation Economy, or MnDRIVE, funding to 17 University projects earlier this month, as part of the school’s global food ventures initiative.

“Being able to produce enough food to feed the growing world population is a challenge,” said Linda Valeri, administrator of the global food ventures initiative.

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