April 22 was a rainy, especially chilly day for this time of year in Washington, D.C. Yet hundreds of thousands of people marched here and, reportedly, in more than 600 other cities worldwide in support of the March for Science. Participants carried signs from the clever to the profane, indicating that a topic that once seemed staid and bland is becoming more and more emotional.
Here at the IFIC Foundation, we work hard to bring you the latest science on nutrition, food safety, and health. But we also have a soft spot for science itself, educating people about broader issues like scientific integrity, peer-review, science replication, nutrition communications, risk communication, science journalism, and how to evaluate scientific evidence.
That’s why we were proud to partner with the March for Science. Inspired by the March—and by Jimmy Fallon’s weekly “Thank You Notes”—we thought it would be a good time to thank food science for so many of the things it brings to our lives.
April 22 was a beginning, not an end—a day when countless individuals stood together to say, “Science matters to us and to our future.” For us at the IFIC Foundation, it was also a day of renewal. We will march on to uphold our mission to effectively communicate science-based information on health, nutrition and food safety for the public good.
And we will continue to be inspired by the words of Neil deGrasse Tyson, who once said, “The good thing about science is that it’s true whether or not you believe in it.”