Food Science Education Publications and Websites


  • Jim Bird

  • image

The purpose of this column is to highlight innovative publications and websites in food science education and allied topics. If you know of a website or a recent publication that you believe other readers would like to know about, please submit the full text of the article or the URL for the website and an annotation of not more than 125 words. We welcome your resources and comments on this column. Material should be submitted to: Jim Bird, Science & Engineering Center, Fogler Library, Univ. of Maine, Orono, ME 04469–5729, or e-mail to If e-mailing, please put “JFSE submission” in the subject line.

Abbot JM, Policastro P, Bruhn C, Schaffner DW, and Byrd-Bredbenner C. 2012. Development and evaluation of a university campus-based food safety media campaign for young adults. J Food Protec 75(6):1117–24. doi: 10.4315/0362-028X.JFP-11-506

Using a target group of university students and consultations and discussion with food safety experts, a food safety campaign was developed. The campaign created four key messages focused on the issues “clean”, “cook”, “chill”, and “leftovers”. The campaign was piloted over a 4-week period. A pre-campaign questionnaire was used to assess awareness of issues and a post-campaign questionnaire sought to measure knowledge and campaign effectiveness. Results showed that the campaign was successful in increasing food safety knowledge.

Pazzaglia G and Williams C. 2012. Bring food and culture to the classroom. J School Health 82(12): 577–80. doi: 10.1111/j.1746-1561.2012.00739.x

The authors describe food habit activities developed to increase cultural diversity awareness among students in grades 9–12. Activities involve identifying food and culture relationships, examining students’ family food heritage, and interviewing someone from another background about their food habits. Whole-class discussion follows the activities to discover what was learned.

Royce CA. 2013. Figuring out food chains. Sci Child 50(6):24–9

This brief article in the Teaching Through Trade Books section of Science & Children presents 2 activities: Figuring Out a Food Chain for grades k-3 and Weaving a Food Web for grades 4–6. These activities are keyed to the National Science Education Standards and contain the following sections: Purpose, Engage, Materials, Explore/Explain, Elaborate, and Evaluate. Additional resources include books and internet resources are included.

Sumner S and Hackney C. 2012. Educational programs to translate food safety knowledge. In: Strategies for Achieving Food Security in Central Asia. Alpas H, Smith M, and Kulmyrzaev A, editors. NATO Science for Peace and Security Series C: Environmental Security. P 133–8. doi 10.1007/978-94-007-2502-7_12

The authors review the role of the United States’ Cooperative Extension as a vehicle for education of a variety of stakeholders in the area of food safety. These stakeholders include “…farmers, land owners, processors, foresters, families, and consumers….” (p. 134). The role of educational assessment and materials development is discussed as it relates to food safety education. Education and training are reviewed, as both are key to developing an effective food safety education program. A list of instructional guidelines components is included.

Tucker MF. 2013. Launching a food recovery network. BioCycle 54(1):35–7

The evolution of the Food Recovery Network (FRN) is presented. This national network was started by students at the Univ. of Maryland, College Park in 2011. Food collected from campus dining services is donated to people in need at area shelters. The FRN has a number of chapters at colleges and universities through the United States. To find out more about the FRN visit their website at

Recent Publications

Besas R, Atienza RO, Tai T, and Cruz R. 2011. An implementation of a structured and highly engaging learning environment on educational games for elementary education. ITEM 2011 – Proceedings: 2011 IEEE International Symposium on IT in Medicine and Education 2:316–9. doi: 10.1109/ITiME.2011.6132115.

Borşa A, Muste S, Tofană M, and Mureşan AE. 2012. The impact of practical training and professional development for students in enhancing European competences in food science and technology. Bull UASVM Agric 69(2):486–7.

Cadilhon J-J. 2012. The doctoral program of the French Ministry of Agriculture: An institutional and individual win-win. Int Food Agribus Manag Rev 15(Special Issue A): 43–6.

Dunne J and Ryan B. 2012. Learning in the science lab: A new approach. Irish J Acad Prac 1(1):Article 2. Available at Accessed 2/11/2013.

Foster EF and Savala LA. 2012. Engaging under-represented youth in food, agriculture and natural resources through pre-college residential summer programs. NACTA J 56(2):38–46.

Galt RE, Parr D, and Jagannath J. 2013. Facilitating competency development in sustainable agriculture and food systems education: A self-assessment approach. Int J Agric Sustain 11(1):69–88. doi 10.1080/14735903.2012.683569

Mwamakamba L, Mensah P, Fontannaz-Aujoulat F, Hlabana M, Maiga F, Bangoura F, Mohamed C, and Ingenbleek L. 2012. The WHO five keys to safer food: A tool for food safety health promotion. AJFAND Online 12(4):6245–59. Available at Accessed 2/13/2013.

N.G. 2013. Food scraps composting laboratory. BioCycle 54(1):33–4.

Rebellato S, Cholewa S, Chow J, and Poon D. 2012. Impact of PROTON: A food handler certification course on food handlers’ knowledge, attitudes and behaviors. J Food Saf 32(1):129–33. doi: 10.1111/j.1745-4565.2011.00359.x

Rosing H. 2012. Demystifying the local: Considerations for high education engagement with community food systems. J Agric Food Sys Comm Devel 2(4):79–84. Available at Accessed 2/13/2013.

Rutland M and Owen-Jackson G. 2012. Current classroom practice in the teaching of food technology: Is it fit for purpose in the 21st Century? In: Ginner T, Hallström J, and Hultén M, editors. PATT 26 Conference, Technology Education in the 21st Century, Stockholm, Sweden, 26–30 June, 2012. p. 405–14. Available at Accessed 2/13/2013.

Srzednicki G, Longstaff B, and Kanlayanarat S. 2012. Postharvest training tutorials development: Computer assisted learning for fresh produce – APEC project experience. In: Kanlayanarat S, Boonyaritthongchai P, and Acedo AL Jr. editors. Asia Pacific Symposium on Postharvest Research, Education and Extension. Acta Horticulturae 943, p. 33–40.

Stadnik J and Dolatowski ZJ. 2012. Innovative system of postgraduate education in the field of food quality management. Nauka Przyroda Technol 6(1):1–10.

Várszegi T. 2012. Curriculum development on chain quality assurance of fruits and vegetables. In: Kanlayanarat P, Boonyaritthongchai P, and Acedo AL Jr. editors. Asia Pacific Symposium on Postharvest Research, Education and Extension. Acta Horticulturae 943, p. 271–6.