12th Annual Henry W. Kendall Memorial Lecture

Professor Jonathan Foley
Institute on the Environment (IonE)
University of Minnesota

How Can We Feed a Growing World and Sustain the Planet

Tuesday, May 1, 2012
4:30 to 5:30 p.m.
Wong Auditorium
Building E51, Room 115

In his talk, Foley will discuss how increasing population and wealth, along with changing patterns of diet and consumption, are placing unprecedented demands on the world's agriculture and natural resources.  He will propose possible solutions to this dilemma, which together could double the world’s food production while greatly reducing the environmental impacts of agriculture.

In addition to leading the IoE, Foley is a professor and McKnight Presidential Chair in the Department of Ecology, Evolution, and Behavior.  His research focuses on complex global environment systems and their interactions with human societies. Before joining the University of Minnesota in 2008, he spent 15 years on the faculty of the University of Wisconsin, where he founded the Center for Sustainability and the Global Environment.

The Henry W. Kendall Memorial Lecture Series honors the memory of Professor Henry Kendall (1926-1999), a 1990 Nobel Laureate, a longtime member of MIT’s physics faculty, and an ardent environmentalist. A founding member and chair of the Union of Concerned Scientists, he played a leading role in organizing scientific community statements on global problems, including the World Scientists’ Warning to Humanity in 1992 and the Call for Action at the Kyoto Climate Summit in 1997.

Additional reading: 
Foley, J.A. et al. (2011), Solutions for a cultivated planet, Nature 478, 337-342, doi: 10.1038/nature10452 and Foley, J.A. (2011), Can we feed the world? Scientific American, 305 (November), 60-65, doi: 10.1038/scientificamerican1111-60.

A reception will follow the talk in Building 54, Room 923.

All are welcome.


If you have any questions regarding the lecture, please contact Jacqui Taylor at 617.253.3127 or jtaylor [at] mit [dot] edu. Reservations not required.

Sponsored by the Center for Global Change Science, the Department of Earth, Atmospheric and Planetary Science, and the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering

Jonathan Foley is the director of the Institute on the Environment (IonE) at the University of Minnesota, where he is a professor and McKnight Presidential Chair in the Department of Ecology, Evolution and Behavior. He also leads the IonE’s Global Landscapes Initiative.

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