Feeding the World While the Earth Cooks

When today’s toddlers are parents themselves, they will face an agricultural crisis. The world population will reach 9 billion. A growing global middle class will demand more food. And climate change will leave farmers holding seeds that won’t sprout. By 2050, will our global appetite outgrow our agricultural capacity? We held an event to find out how everyone—growers, technologists, governments, business leaders, and carbon-conscious consumers—will be part of the solution.

 

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Agenda

8:45 a.m. – Registration and Coffee
 
9:00 a.m. – The Collision Course: Rising Demand on a Hotter Planet

 

              Mark Hertsgaard - @MarkHertsgaard
              Schmidt Family Foundation Fellow, New America Foundation
              Author, HOT: Living Through the Next Fifty Years on Earth
 
9:20 a.m. – Will New Seeds Conquer the New Climate?

     

              Nina Fedoroff - @penn_state

              Evan Pugh Professor of Biology, Pennsylvania State University
              2006 National Medal of Science Recipient
 
              Sara Scherr - @EcoAgPartners
              President and CEO, EcoAgriculture Partners
 
              Moderator:
              Mark Hertsgaard - @MarkHertsgaard
              Schmidt Family Foundation Fellow, New America Foundation
              Author, HOT: Living Through the Next Fifty Years on Earth
 
10:00 a.m. – Where’s the Beef? Your Hamburger in 2050

   

              Gabor Forgacs - @Mizzou             

              George H. Vineyard Professor of Biological Physics, University of Missouri
              Co-founder and CSO, Modern Meadow, Inc.

 

              Graham Meriwether - @AmericanMeat
              Director, Cinematographer and Producer, “American Meat”
              Director, Leave It Better

              Dawn Moncrief - @awellfedworld
              Founder and Executive Director, A Well-Fed World
 
              Moderator:
              Will Saletan - @saletan
              National Correspondent, Slate
 
10:50 a.m. – The Next Green Revolution: Is There An App for That?


              Lynn Roche - @apps4africa
              Planning and Coordination Officer, Public Diplomacy and Public Affairs Office
              Bureau ofAfrican Affairs, U.S. Department of State
 
              Elana Berkowitz - @elanab
              Adjunct Fellow, Open Technology Initiative, New America Foundation
              Associate, McKinsey and Co.
 
              Su Kahumbu - @SuKahumbu
              Inventor, iCow
              2010 TEDGlobal Fellow
 
              Moderator:
              Charles Kenny - @charlesjkenny
              Bernard L. Schwartz Fellow, New America Foundation
              Author, Getting Better: Why Global Development Is Succeeding
              And How We Can Improve the World Even More
 
11:30 a.m. – From Green to Resilient

 


 
          Fred Kirschenmann - @StoneBarns
              Distinguished Fellow, Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture, Iowa State University
              President, StoneBarns Center for Food and Agriculture
              2011 James Beard Foundation Leadership Award Recipient
 
11:45 a.m. – Homegrown Solutions

 


              Johannes Lehmann - @Cornell_Univ
              Associate Professor, Department of Crop and Soil Sciences, Cornell University

 

              Martin Kleinschmit - @cfra
              Farmer
              Sustainable Agriculture Specialist (retired), Center for Rural Affairs
 
              Jeff Moyer - @RodaleInstitute
              Farm Director, Rodale Institute
 
              Moderator:
              Brian Vastag - @brianvastag
              Science reporter, Washington Post
 
12:30 p.m. – 12:45 p.m. – Lunch Break
 
12:45 p.m. – The Quest for Food Justice in the Face of Finite Resources

             

             M. Jahi Chappell - @WSUVancouver
              Assistant Professor of Environmental Science and Justice,
              Washington State University Vancouver
 
              Debra Eschmeyer - @FoodCorps
              Co-Founder and Program Director, FoodCorps
              2011 James Beard Foundation Leadership Award Recipient
 
              Reginaldo Haslett-Marroquin - @main_street
              Director, Rural Enterprise Center, Main Street Project
 
              Moderator:
              Charles Kenny - @charlesjkenny
              Bernard L. Schwartz Fellow, New America Foundation
              Author, Getting Better: Why Global Development Is Succeeding
              – And How We Can Improve the World Even More
 
1:30 p.m. – How to Avert a Food Crisis

 

            

              Hans Herren - @millinniuminst

              President, Millennium Institute
              Co-chair, International Assessment of Agricultural Knowledge, Science & Technology
              1995 World Food Prize Recipient
 
              In conversation with:
 
              Ed Carr - @edwardrcarr
               Associate Professor, Department of Geography, University of South Carolina
               AAAS Science and Technology Policy Fellow serving as a climate science advisor on
               the Climate Change Team at USAID
               Author, Delivering Development: Globalization’s Shoreline and the Road to a
               Sustainable Future
 
              Moderator:
              David Biello - @dbiello
              Associate Editor for environment and energy, Scientific American

 

2:15 p.m. – Business as usual? Toward Global Adaptation

 

             Scott Faber - @faberfamilyfarm
              Vice President of Government Affairs, Environmental Working Group
 
              Bill Hohenstein - @USDA
              Director, USDA Global Change Program
 
              Meghan Stasz - @GroceryMakers
              Director, Sustainability, Grocery Manufacturers Association
 
              Moderator:
              David Biello - @dbiello
              Associate Editor for environment and energy, Scientific American
 
3:05 p.m. – Wrap-Up
 
              Mark Hertsgaard - @MarkHertsgaard
              Schmidt Family Foundation Fellow, New America Foundation
              Author, HOT: Living Through the Next Fifty Years on Earth

 

Event Time and Location

Thursday, April 12, 2012 - 9:00am - 3:15pm
New America Foundation
1899 L Street NW Suite 400
Washington, DC 20036

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