C. Ford Runge

College of Food, Agricultural and Natural Resource Sciences
Department of Applied Economics/Law School

How can we meet the growing demand for food production without irreversibly degrading land resources? Finding the answer to that question is key to being able to provide for basic needs of a growing human population in the future while also sustaining global ecosystem health. It's also a major area of focus for IonE resident fellow C. Ford Runge, a distinguished McKnight University professor of applied economics and law who also holds appointments in the Hubert H. Humphrey School of Public Policy & Affairs and the Department of Forest Resources.

Runge's scholarly work revolves around the interface of international trade, agriculture and environmental policy. In his role as IonE resident fellow, Runge is developing and implementing a model private sector sustainability initiative that applies genetic engineering and related technologies to improving food production and environmental protection.

The goal: To develop a companywide sustainability strategy that includes three interlinked elements of applying genetic technology to improving crop production, reducing loss of natural habitat, and involving stakeholders in habitat management and crop production decisions that affect them. Runge's hope is that the initiative will not only enhance sustainability but also provide a model for related efforts by the private sector, nongovernmental organizations and governments.

See Runge's faculty page for more info.