In the lead up to the 2013 Borlaug Dialogue, the Skoll World Forum is featuring several keynote speakers writing at the nexus of three subjects central to the global challenges we face in the 21st century: biotechnology, sustainability, and climate volatility. The 2013 Borlaug Dialogue takes place October 16-18 in Des Moines, Iowa. View the full series here.
Dr. Kenneth M. Quinn, former U.S. Ambassador to the Kingdom of Cambodia, assumed the leadership of the World Food Prize Foundation on January 1, 2000, following his retirement from the State Department after a 32 year career in the Foreign Service.
It is an intriguing question, and some potential answers may readily come to mind: Discovering the New World; going to the moon; conquering cancer; preventing nuclear war?
But to me, the single greatest challenge in human history is whether we can sustainably feed the 9 billion people who will inhabit our planet by the year 2050, an estimate that is exponentially higher than the 1.6 billion people who lived on Earth just 100 years ago. And the most significant and controversial issue related to this question is what role biotechnology and genetically modified crops will play in confronting this challenge.
That is the question I will pose at the opening of the 2013 World Food Prize Borlaug Dialogue international symposium on October 16 (World Food Day) in Des Moines, Iowa, appropriately titled as we kick off Norman Borlaug's Centennial,"The Next Borlaug Century: Biotechnology, Sustainability, and Climate Volatility."A record 1,500 individuals from over 70 countries will be in Iowa for our three-day gathering that has been called"the premier conference in the world on global agriculture." Read the full article...