Food for Billions: Feeding Nine Billion People by 2050 Review


On September 12th the Food Innovation Center held its inaugural food summit Food for Billions:  Feeding Nine Billion People by 2050. A diverse list of over 200 registrants came together to be part of a thought-provoking conversation about the future of food. Participants included members of the OSU faculty, staff and students as well as individuals from industry, trade groups and community organizations. New Yorker Magazine science reporter Michael Specter delivered an entertaining keynote address, sharing his refreshing counter-reaction to the growing rejection of the benefits of modern science. An all-star panel then addressed the challenge statement of how to provide access to culturally acceptable, healthy, nutritionally replete and accessible foods for all world citizens. Panel members included:

Panel moderator, WOSU radio host Ann Fisher, led a thoughtful discussion, engaging each panelist in his or her area of expertise.  Each panelist also led a small breakout session where attendees were able to take part in focused conversations on the topic of feeding billions.
The value of a program such as Food for Billions is the opportunity to bring together individuals from varying fields with different perspectives. The Food Innovation Center historically fosters collaboration by encouraging and supporting interdisciplinary scholarship amongst OSU faculty.  This event was a great opportunity to invite others to participate in the dialogue on global and local food needs. As one participant stated in a post event survey, "the best part was the diversity in the crowd - people from different backgrounds and components of the food system, which is very unique."
The Food Innovation Center would like to thank Vice-President for Research Carol Whitacre for her insightful opening comments and Vice-Provost Mike Boehm for bringing a close to the program with his remarks. FIC members Michelle Battista, Neal Hooker, Greg Lesinksi, Brian Roe, Colleen Spees, Jim Warner, Kay Wolf and Yael Vodovotz along with FIC Advisory Board members Dave Beck, Sue Finn and Dan Wampler should be recognized for their many contributions to the program. We are also thankful to our event sponsors, RPM Solutions, US Foods and Synergy Flavors.

Keynote speaker Michael Specter answering a question during the Q&A session moderated by FIC Co-Director Michael Leiblein
Panelists from left to right: Bob Aiken, John Floros, Glenna McCollum, A. Ellen Terspstra  
FIC Director Dr. Ken Lee, Feeding America Board Member Keith Monda, Former Ohio State President Gordon Gee, President of Feeding America Bob Aiken

Member Spotlight 

The sweet flavor of raspberries is not only delicious to taste but may be the answer to our weight loss woes. Raspberry ketones, a chemical flavor found in several fruits like red raspberries and strawberries, may contribute to weight loss by increasing levels of adiponectin, a protein which accelerates the breakdown of fat. Christopher Simons, Food Innovation Center member and assistant professor in food science and technology, decided to further explore this raspberry ketone phenomenon through his latest Seed Grant project.
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WOSU Radio Segment

The Food for Billions program was featured on the All Side with Ann Fisher radio show (WOSU 89.7) on Wednesday September 11th. Host Ann Fisher invited Food for Billions panelists John Floros from Kansas State and Patrick Westhoff from the Food and Ag Policy Research Council to discuss the growing population and the global food supply. Joining Floros and Westhoff on the show was FIC member Colleen Spees, an assistant professor at the OSU College of Medicine.  Click here to listen to a re-broadcast of the segment

FIC Staff Update

Katlin Fritz recently joined the FIC team as Program Manager. Katlin attended the Ohio State University at the Max Fisher College of Business from 2006-2010. During and since that time, she has been working in the marketing industry. She has worked in the advertising agency world, as well as on the client side. She joins us from Banc Certified Merchant Services, a global financial company for small to mid-sized businesses which services over 36,000 clients, where she managed multiple websites, events, social media, advertising, and design.

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2012-2013 FIC Annual Report

The Food Innovation Center just released our 2012-2013 Annual Report. The annual report highlights accomplishments of our FIC members, outstanding people at Ohio State advancing food innovation. FIC members gained $1.58 million in internal FIC support across 30 distinct peer reviewed projects and leveraged that investment to more than $8.1 million in extramural support in 2012-2013. Measurable achievements include a perfect score earned by FIC investigators on NIH review, and major national awards and appointments of FIC scholars-all in the past year. As of June 1, 2013, FIC members have published 30 scholarly works and represented Ohio State food innovation at more than 70 presentations, all based on FIC-funded work. FIC projects have leveraged substantial extramural funding, earning $627,000 in federal, state, and private support in 2012 alone, increasing the cumulative total to 8.1 million dollars.

Big Data Discovery Themes

The Discovery Themes Initiative announced the first funding opportunity available as part of the multi-year initiative to attract new tenure and tenure-track faculty to the university. 
The focus of this first-funding will be data analytics. Emerging and existing teams at Ohio State are encouraged to submit a statement of intent outlining their 'big idea' and how a world-class program can be developed at Ohio State. Detailed information can be found here:
"This puts real faculty positions behind what Food Innovation has achieved in its tenure" said FIC Director Ken Lee. "We discovered the ability of multi-college collaboration to inspire multiple solutions to complex problems. We just had an outstanding response to the food for billions question, and now with big data we have a clear path to a possible answer."
If you are interested in advancing your current Food Innovation team by engaging in the Discovery Themes Initiative, please contact Julie Manning at or 292-0229. We would welcome the opportunity to support you in the process.

Growing the Cure Award

Credit: Ken Chamberlain - CommTech
FIC co-directors Steve Clinton and Steve Schwartz accepted a check with Interim President Joe Alluto and Dean Bruce McPheron of $138,000 at the Farm Science Review for the James to support an endowment called Growing the Cure. Growing the Cure is progressive research at The Ohio State University College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences (CFAES) and The Ohio State University Comprehensive Cancer Center - Arthur G. James Cancer Hospital and Richard J. Solove Research Institute (OSUCCC - James) that shows that fruits and vegetables naturally contain cancer-fighting bioactive components when consumed in prescribed amounts and routines. Backed by five Ohio and Indiana Farm Co-ops, Growing the Cure continues to work towards creating a cancer-free world. Read More

Situating Food: Planning & Design for New Urban Food Systems

Join us November 8-9, 2013 for Situating Food: Planning and Design for New Urban Food Systems at Knowlton Hall. Situating Food: Planning and Design for New Urban Food Systems will identify models and foster innovation along with criticism of issues that impact food security, food justice, production, access and cultural awareness, especially as they influence trends in urban revitalization. Friday afternoon, November 8, and Saturday, November 9, events will be held in Knowlton Hall on The Ohio State University campus, with corresponding children's program in the Nationwide and Ohio Farm Bureau 4-H Center. Situating Food will feature opening and closing keynote speakers, site visits, and three thematic panels with speakers, moderators and respondents that will illuminate issues from the symposium brief. Read More

Upcoming Events

Food Situations Exhibit
Time: October 9th 5:00 PM - December 20th 5:00 PM
Location: Banvard Gallery, Knowlton Hall
In accompaniment to the Situating Food Symposium, a gallery featuring "Food Innovations in the City" will be on display at the Banvard Gallery of the Knowlton School of Architecture. Read More
COMPAS Conference
Time: October 16th 4:30 PM
Location: Nationwide and Ohio Farm Bureau 4-H Center
Jonathan Marks, associate professor of bioethics, humanities, law and philosophy at Penn State and director of the Bioethics Program, will be discussing "What's the Big Deal? The Ethics of Public Private Partnerships Related to Food and Health." Read More
Situating Food Symposium
Time: November 8th 2:00 PM - November 9th 8:00 PM
Location: Knowlton Hall
Join our Food Innovation Center members as they host Situating Food: Planning and Design for New Urban Food Systems. Read More

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