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.