2013 T. T. Chao Symposium on Innovation: “Feeding the World”

2011 Chao Symposium

The fifth annual Chao Symposium on Innovation took place on October 24, 2013.

CHF’s annual T. T. Chao Symposium celebrates and encourages innovation in the Houston region. The 2013 symposium, “Feeding the World,” addressed one of the great issues facing humanity: food production and food security.

From planting to policy, how can modern society best provide basic nutrition for its citizens? The Green Revolution got us through the hunger crisis of the 20th century, with fertilizer, crop hybridization, and good agricultural practices. What will prevent a hunger crisis in the 21st century, with the current world population of 7 billion people projected to expand to 10 billion by 2050?

This symposium explored in depth the technological, societal, policy, and economic ramifications of providing basic nutrition to the world.  

  • Opening Keynote

    • Per Pinstrup-Andersen, H. E. Babcock Professor of Food, Nutrition, and Public Policy, Cornell University
  • Panel Discussion

    • Andrew Revkin (Moderator), New York Times
    • Per Pinstrup-Andersen, H. E. Babcock Professor of Food, Nutrition, and Public Policy, Cornell University
    • Roger Beachy, Founding Executive Director and Chief Executive Officer, Global Institute for Food Security, University of Saskatchewan
    • Julie Borlaug, Associate Director of External Relations, Borlaug Institute for International Agriculture at Texas A&M
    • Gregory Jaffe, Director, Project on Biotechnology, Center for Science in the Public Interest
    • Jay Vroom, President and Chief Executive Officer, CropLife America
  • Closing Keynote

    • Roger Beachy, Founding Executive Director and Chief Executive Officer, Global Institute for Food Security, University of Saskatchewan