Seminar Series: Can Agriculture Save the Planet Before It Destroys It?
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Will agriculture save the planet before it destroys it? The global food supply is both safer and more abundant than at any time in the history of the planet and yet consumers have never been more afraid of the food they eat. The choices we make about the food we eat and how it is produced will determine if agriculture saves the planet by 2050 or destroys it. Science and technology may hold the solution but only if consumers trust scientists, farmers, corporations and policy makers to deliver those innovations.
Jack Bobo is the CEO of Futurity, a food foresight company that advises companies, foundations and governments on emerging food trends and consumer attitudes and behaviors related to the future of food. Recognized by Scientific American in 2015 as one of the 100 most influential people in biotechnology, Jack is a global thought leader who has delivered more than 500 speeches in 50 countries. He previously served as the Chief Communications Officer and Senior Vice President for Global Policy and Government Affairs at Intrexon Corporation. Prior to joining Intrexon Jack worked at the U.S. Department of State for thirteen years as a senior advisor for global food policy, food security, climate change, biotechnology and agricultural trade. An attorney with a scientific background, Jack received from Indiana University a J.D., M.S. in Environmental Science, B.S. in biology and B.A. in psychology and chemistry.