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The Chemical Heritage Foundation is sponsoring a program in New York City on November 15, “Feeding the World.” By the year 2050, a projected 9 billion people will inhabit the planet, and with no increase in arable land and harsher growing conditions expected, some experts predict the world food supply cannot sustain this population. Participants in two panels will discuss whether these predictions will prove accurate and if advances in science and technology can avert disaster.

Will these predictions prove accurate? Can advances in science and technology avert disaster? This conference, marking the International Year of Chemistry, will address these crucial questions.

Opening and keynote addresses will be given by Calestous Juma, Harvard University, and Matt Ridley, author of The Rational Optimist, respectively.

Panels will be moderated by Andrew C. Revkin, The New York Times. Panelists include Nina Fedoroff, Pennsylvania State University and American Association for the Advancement of Science; Antonio Galindez, Dow AgroSciences; Rik L. Miller, DuPont Crop Protection; Prabhu Pingali, Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation; and Jay Vroom, CropLife America.


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