Opportunities Growing for Women in Food
Throughout time, women’s lives have been intertwined with food and agriculture—from growing and harvesting to processing and preparation. However, they’ve generally been underrepresented in the more technical aspects such as food science and technology. Data from the Institute of Food Technologists (IFT) reveals that this is changing.
Now, almost half (49%) of the members of IFT are women.1 Furthermore, women’s salaries in the field, which have traditionally been lower than men’s, are catching up. Not only are women’s salaries increasing at a faster rate than men’s, but younger women have reached salary parity.2 There are more opportunities than ever before for women to make important contributions to the food industry.
Here's a look at four women who are doing just that:
Pashon Murray is a social entrepreneur whose vision of urban revitalization means changing the landscape of food production. Founder of Detroit Dirt, Murray has already diverted tens of thousands of tons of food waste from landfills for composting into nutrient-rich soil for urban gardens. Her business is as much logistics as science, requiring food waste pickups from restaurants throughout the city. Murray’s system of urban closed-loop composting serves as a model for cities interested in zero waste, urban greening, or local food.