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Headliners – Best of Class: Can We Feed the World Without Destroying it?

February 2, 2017 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

$20
Portrait: Jason Hill

Best of Class: Can We Feed the World Without Destroying it?
with Dr. Jason Hill, Associate Professor, Bioproducts and Biosystems Engineering; Resident Fellow, Institute on the Environment, University of Minnesota

In 2015, the University of Minnesota expanded its curriculum to address important global issues using a solution-driven, interdisciplinary approach to learning. The Grand Challenge Curriculum (GCC), as it is called, is an ever-growing portfolio of courses that tackle a particular global concern.

Among these Grand Challenge courses is Can We Feed the World Without Destroying It?, during which Professors Jason Hill and David Tilman first ask students to consider the fundamental changes occurring in the global food system, the environment, and our civilization as a whole, before asking them to consider more specific topics such as biodiversity, food waste, and genetically modified organisms, among others.

Also discussed: the bioeconomy, the role of science and technology in informed decision-making, how to approach inherently interdisciplinary problems, how to identify solutions that are sustainable in the long term, and how to inform the public of significant findings.

Experts agree that global food production will need to double by 2050 in order to feed the world’s population. So, “Can we feed the world without destroying it?” If yes, how?

Individual Tickets | $20
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Details

Date:
February 2, 2017
Time:
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Cost:
$20
Website:
http://cce.umn.edu/headliners