October 31st, 2013 @ 12:54 pm by jreplogle
Our newest Aggie is known all over the world for protecting the food we eat from viruses. His next challenge . . . feeding 9 billion people.
But first, a little history . . .
A little over two years ago, I looked closely at our university’s unique depth of scholarship and research in agriculture, health, food science and sustainability. With more than 50 centers, institutes, labs and programs across the campus and Health System regarding food, nutrition and health, UC Davis was already a global leader in these fields. I concluded that we could do even more.
With the help of faculty and experts inside and outside the university, this vision was realized earlier this year with the formal founding of the UC Davis World Food Center. The goal of the Center is to harness the full resources of the world’s leading agricultural institution to solve one of the planet’s most pressing problems, namely how to safely and effectively feed and nourish a planet that is expected to reach 9 billion people by 2050. Through cutting edge interdisciplinary work, the Center will not only work toward making the world a healthier place, but also attract vital research dollars to the university, create jobs and economic development and enhance the most dynamic agricultural region on earth.
Today, this vision took a giant step towards achieving its goal. At a press conference this morning, I introduced world-renowned food scientist and innovator Roger Beachy as the Center’s founding director. The former chief scientist at the U.S. Department of Agriculture and first director of the National Institute of Food and Agriculture, Roger is the ideal person to lead the Center. He is a groundbreaking researcher and visionary with the experience and expertise to make the World Food Center the leading institution of its kind in the world.
UC Davis is the one university to take on this challenge and I look forward to the monumental accomplishments that will come from this vital work.