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Cattle and WheatThe U.S. and international food system is so complex that any effort to understand its multiple dimensions must draw on multiple academic disciplines.  By integrating insights from multiple disciplines, researchers can better describe problems and prescribe solutions in this system.   K-State’s Food Safety and Security program pursues excellence in such interdisciplinary scholarship.  By highlighting research from the fields of microbiology, sociology, economics, et cetera—indeed, the list does and should go on—universities can paint truer pictures of today’s food safety and food security problems and solutions.  In 2001, K-State formed the Food Science Institute to facilitate initiatives across five colleges and 11 departments.  Food Safety and Security is one of the major program areas of the Food Science Institute.  Owing to the Institute’s unique interdepartmental and interdisciplinary mission, the Food Safety and Security program has thrived in this environment.