Most people in the United States take food for
granted, and never know real hunger. Today's abundance of food is relatively
new, and not everyone shares in it. Almost 850 million people around the world
go to bed hungry each night, according to the United Nations Food and
Agriculture Organization. And hunger is on the rise again, after falling steadily
in the early 1990s.
Ohio scientists and inventors have made enormous contributions to America's
agricultural bounty. On this site you'll read about creative geniuses who
developed and introduced the basics of a full belly, such as new high-yielding
varieties of grain. Other Ohioans pioneered new areas of agriculture, and
exposed the world to new foods. The breakfast food industry got a start in
the Buckeye State. So did the hot dog, chewing gum, and Life Savers. From the
field to the table and beyond, Ohio has had an impact.