January 15th, 2015 @ 6:16 pm by Chancellor Linda P.B. Katehi
On January 14, I spoke at the UC Davis – Mars Symposium that was organized as part of the official launch of our new Innovation Institute for Food and Health, which we are jointly creating with Mars Incorporated. As Chancellor of UC Davis, I could not be more proud of the outstanding collection of innovators and scientific leaders we assembled for this symposium of historic importance.
We want to take the best minds, the best innovators and the best scientists on our campus and team them up with their counterparts at Mars—and eventually with other key partners—to achieve big-impact breakthroughs in food, agriculture and health.
Without truly transformative advances in how we feed and nourish our growing population, which is expected to reach 9 billion by 2050, the problem of chronic undernourishment will get much worse.
Over the years, UC Davis has become the world’s premier university for agricultural scholarship and research. As such, we intend to take our expertise, build on it with Mars and other important partners, and discover the breakthroughs that will transform and enhance the world’s food system and our food security.
The potential for breakthroughs and change in this area is similar to how the innovators of Silicon Valley and their collaborators have transformed how we consume and process information—and in doing so, transformed the world.
I look forward to the great work we will do as we search for the products and technologies that will bring about the types of transformative impacts that benefit our state, our nation and our world.