Meet and Greet with Craig Brazier
Why should you be a part of Longhorn IFT section?
"A person's professional and personal networks are important to having an effective and enjoyable life. We are all interconnected/interrelated in ways that we may not recognize until later in life. If you participate with LIFT, you learn, you share, you make lifelong friends, future employers, employees and you can hone the skills of your craft. You have fun".
Advice for New Members and New Professionals
"Step out of your comfort zone! Show up; at meetings and, to use an old Texas Aggie term..."Whip out" ---Introduce yourself and ask questions be interested in your colleagues careers & life. Accept the challenge if you are asked to Volunteer. Even better, ask someone how you can be helpful to the section. Offer a suggestion if think there might be something the leadership can facilitate more or in a better way".
Future of the Food Industry
"Agriculture in general has some exciting challenges ahead of it. How will we, as food scientists, meet the challenges of safely and economically feeding the world's growing population in the face of the environment, regulatory & political challenges. It is a shame so much of the public has relatively little scientific knowledge and tend to avoid engaging in rational discussion about the application of science to food. Food Scientists in academia and industry will have plenty to do".
"For the last few years I've been baking European style yeasted or sourdough breads as well as milling my own flours from unique wheat and other grain varieties. I like to make butter from cultured cream to slather on it. I love a great loaf of bread or homemade corn tortillas from some cool corn varieties that I nixtamalize, blue, red, yellow and white corn. I love and will try any cuisine that has its roots and ingredients from Texas and Southward, regional Mexican and farther south. The region is the birthplace of so many great ingredients".
Would you like to share anything else about yourself?
"I have a wonderful wife since 1986 two great kids a daughter, 31, who is going start to applying to become a Physicians Assistant and son, 28, who is a wildland firefighter in WY. The kids say they've chosen their careers because it seems they are being helpful. It turns out that happens to by my personal simple mission statement. "Be Helpful".