One billion people are hungry, an additional one billion people suffer malnutrition and an additional one billion are overweight or obese (FAO, IFAD & WFP 2014). If the rate of increase in food production continues on its present trajectory this calamity will significantly worsen by 2050 as the global population moves from the present day 7 billion to a projected 9.3 billion, the middle class increases from an estimated 50-70% of the population driving increased consumption of meat, dairy products and eggs and agricultural lands are stressed from urbanization, changing weather conditions and non sustainable agricultural practices. It is estimated that meeting the projected 2050 food demands will required doubling food production in the next 35 years (Global Harvest Initiative Gap Report 2013). John Bedbrook will discuss the sources of changing food demands and estimates of the increase in food production required to meet these demands.
Mark Tester, Chair of the Enrichment in the Fall Program, will introduce this keynote lecture.
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John Bedbrook currently is the Executive Chairman of DiCE Molecules LLC.
After completing a PhD in Molecular Virology at Auckland University, John was a Fulbright Scholar at Harvard Medical School, a Maria Cabot Fellow at the Harvard Biolabs and an EMBO Fellow at the Plant Breeding Institute in Cambridge, England.
He has published over a hundred scientific papers. He founded and/or managed several Biotech companies including: Advanced Genetic Sciences Inc., DNA Plant Technology Inc., Maxygen Agriculture Inc., and Verdia Inc. and after the acquisition of Verdia Inc. by DuPont company was Vice President of Agriculture and Nutrition Research then Vice President of DuPont Agricultural Biotechnology.
He recently co-founded and acts as Executive Chairman of DiCE Molecules LLC, a Pharmaceutical and Ag. Chem small molecule discovery company. He is on the board of several biotechnology companies.
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