Congresswoman Colleen Hanabusa and Department of Agriculture Undersecretary Catherine Woteki joined me for a panel I moderated for the Pacific Basin Economic Council Business Symposium on Food Safety and Security during APEC week.
The summit for local and visiting business leaders and government officials addressed a variety of issues facing many economies of the Asia Pacific region. Dr. Woteki, in her keynote address, noted the population of the world could climb to 7 billion by mid-century, and if that trend proves true, the world will need to double its food production to provide nourishment for the planet.
My panel included Dan Picutta of the U.S. State Department, Stan Tseng of Global Tracking Systems and Suzanne Case of the Nature Conservancy. The group addressed issues such as water and other precious resource management, the growth of GMOs, what farms of the future will look like and the pressing need to educate more young people in the agricultural sciences.