Zare Science Forum on the Future of Food | #ZareForum

Commonwealth Club, San Francisco May 10th 2019, 4pm-7pm

The Zare Science Forum — produced by nonprofit science publisher Annual Reviews — presents conversations on major issues of today, focusing on how progress in science can benefit society.

To learn more about this year's topic, and the issues covered by the speakers, check out the Future of Food Special Article Collection.

This year's topic, the Future of Food, brings together three prominent experts who are working to ensure a safe, nutritious, and affordable food supply for the US and the world, while preserving biodiversity and minimizing global environmental damage. They will hold two-person dialogues and take questions from the audience. The contributors are:

David Zilberman is the Robinson Chair of the Agricultural and Resource Economics Department at UC Berkeley and the Co-Editor of the Annual Review of Resource Economics. His interests encompass agriculture, the environment, technology adoption and risk and his work has served as the basis for several projects on the adoption of modern irrigation technology and computers in California agriculture. David has recently been awarded the 2019 Wolf Prize for Agriculture.

Pamela Ronald is a Distinguished Professor in the Department of Plant Pathology and the Genome Center at the University of California, Davis. Pam's research is devoted to "developing a new generation of staple food crops through genetic, innovations, education, and partnerships." She co-authored with Raoul Adamchak the book Tomorrow's Table: Organic Farming, Genetics and the Future of Food, described by Bill Gates as a "fantastic piece of work." (Photo by John Stumbos)

Patrick Brown is the CEO and founder of Impossible Foods, a company that aims to "drastically reduce humanity's destructive impact on the global environment by completely replacing the use of animals as a food production technology." Their Impossible Burger 2.0 won the "Best of the Best" award at the 2019 International Consumer Electronics Show. As a researcher, Pat invented DNA microarray technology to investigate the behavior and property of genomes in health and disease, and co-founded the Public Library of Science.

The annual Zare Science Forum is named in honor of Professor Richard N. Zare, a distinguished chemist and former Chair of the Directors of Annual Reviews.

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