With the help of a $1 million grant from New York State, Cornell just launched its NextGen Food Tech initiative at the university’s Agricultural Experiment Station.

The goal of NextGen Food Tech is to help food companies clean up their labels by using fewer preservatives, and also to pursue R&D in the field of hyperbaric processing, a type of high pressure pasteurization (HPP).

New York Senator Michael Nozzolio commented:

By investing in NextGen Food Processing Technology, we will bring innovative cutting edge equipment that no other institution has to Geneva and the Finger Lakes.The newly created Institute for Food Safety will, as a result, be stronger than ever and continue the work that needs to be done to truly capitalize on the continued job growth in the food and farm sector, the most important, and by far, the largest elements of our economy.

Read more at NYup.com.