Dr. Marsh identified a link between our knowledge of food systems that allows for shelf life extension, and growth parameters for living systems. Controlled Atmosphere storage, for example, slows senescence in fresh produce, which extends the useable life. In lengthy discussions with other food scientists, Dr. Marsh applied our understanding of protein and water interactions into medical applications. Further study suggested a connection with uncontrolled growth as symbolized by cancer. Dr. Marsh coordinated efforts of 28 scientists to form the Woodstock Institute of Science in Service to Humanity (WIS2H), a not-for-profit organization which has been applying a multidisciplinary approach to cancer. This work has resulted in two symposia at the annual IFT meetings: Anomalous Water Behavior: Physics and Basics (1997) and Anomalous Water Behavior II: Some Practical Evidence (1999). Articles have been written about this research by others (H3-H6, H8-H10). Additional research to apply food knowledge into medical arenas continues, both by WIS2H members and other scientists.
Members and the Board of Directors for WIS2H voted to add Global Food Security as an emphasis area on July 1, 2000, which will be led by Dr. Marsh. This will bring a multidisciplinary effort to improving the world's food supply. This recent effort has seminars and articles published and submitted, as mentioned in Section I above. Dr. Marsh represented the IFT as its sole representative to the World Food Summit: five years later FAO international summit in Rome, June 9-13, 2002. He also had an endorsement from the IoPP, and was therefore representing both the largest food organization and largest packaging organization in the world.
Seminars, speeches and courses are indexed by topic (including "International Trade", "Futures Prediction", "WIS2H Research" and "Food Security" ) under the link at left.