The Christopher S. "Kit" Bond Lecture Series

"Ensuring Global Food Security Requires Science, Technology and Social Responsibility,"
with Dr. Roger N. Beachy, Professor Emeritus of Biology, Washington University in St. Louis and Chief Science Officer, Indigo Agriculture, Boston, Massachusetts

Thursday, November 10, 2016, 7 p.m.
Lee Theater, Blanche M. Touhill Performing Arts Center
University of Missouri-St. Louis

There have been remarkable changes in agriculture and food production during the past century, and significant reduce in the numbers of chronically malnourished. Meanwhile, policy decisions, climate change, episodic crop failures and other factors impede rates of progress in achieving global food security. Yet, our society expects that this goal will be met in the future. Experts agree that global nutrition security will not be achieved in the absence of making changes in how agriculture is practiced, supported, and regulated, and unless consumers are engaged at some level throughout the process of change. In this presentation, Beachy will draw on experiences in academic research, technology development, and in government institutions to suggest a pathway for American ingenuity and industry to lead the way to global food security.  
Dr. Roger N. Beachy is Professor Emeritus of Biology, Washington University in St. Louis, Chief Science Officer, Indigo Agriculture (Boston, MA) and Senior Fellow, World Food Center, UC Davis, where he previously served as Executive Director. Beachy was appointed by President Obama to the National Science Board in 2014; and 2009-2011 as Director of the National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) in the U.S. Department of Agriculture. He was President of the Donald Danforth Plant Science Center in St. Louis, Missouri, 1999-2009; previous appointments included Prof. of Cell Biology at The Scripps Research Institute, La Jolla, CA; Prof. of Biology, Washington University in St. Louis. He is a Member of the U.S. National Academy of Sciences; Fellow of the AAAS and the American Academy of Microbiology; Foreign Associate/Fellow of Korea Academy of Sciences, India National Academy of Sciences, The World Academy of Sciences, and others. He is a Wolf Prize Laureate in Agriculture (2001), awarded of the Bank of Delaware's Commonwealth Award for Science and Industry (1991), the Ruth Allen award from the American Phytopathological Society (1990), among other awards. Current focus includes increasing collaborations and innovations in science, and in science policy.  
The Christopher S. “Kit” Bond Lecture Series provides a forum for national and international experts to explore issues of contemporary significance, including economics, politics, science and global security. The series is funded by a $1.3 million endowment, and is presented by the College of Arts and Sciences and the Office of International Studies and Programs, University of Missouri-St. Louis.
Previously held at the University of Missouri's flagship campus in Columbia, the goal of the series is to promote debate and understanding and to connect leaders with the UMSL campus and greater community.
Sen. Bond has more than 40 years of public service experience, most recently representing the state of Missouri in the U.S. Senate from 1985 to 2011. Chairman and partner of Kit Bond Strategies and a partner at Thompson Coburn LLP, Bond has been recognized as a strong leader in the promotion of plant biotechnology to meet the growing demand for nutrition and food and is a board member of the Donald Danforth Plant Science Center.