2017 Kenneth R. Farrell Distinguished Public Policy Lectureship

Organic Farming

Tomorrow’s Table: Organic Farming, Genetics and the Future of Food

Pamela Ronald

Distinguished Professor, Department of Plant Pathology and the Genome Center Director, Institute for Food and Agricultural Literacy, University of California, Davis.

Thursday, February 16, 2017

9:00 - 10:30 a.m.

Delta Hotel and Conference Centre (John McCrae Room)
50 Stone Road West, Guelph, Ontario

Join the Department of Food, Agricultural and Resource Economics for a discussion on the role of technology in addressing environmentally sustainable food production.

Free admission, all welcome.

To register for this event, please RSVP by February 9 to Debbie Harkies at dharkies@uoguelph.ca

More on Prof. Pamela Ronald

Ronald and collaborators were instrumental in identifying genes of rice that control the rice response to infection and tolerance to stress. Her research has been published in Science, Science Advances, Nature and other leading peer-reviewed scientific journals, and has also been featured in The New York Times, Organic Gardening Magazine, Forbes Magazine, The Wall Street Journal, The Progressive Farmer, CNN, Discover Magazine, The Scientist, Popular Mechanics, Bill Gates blog, National Public Radio the BBC and National Geographic. More on her research is available here.

Ronald is co-author of Tomorrow’s Table: Organic Farming, Genetics, and the Future of Food. Bill Gates calls the book “a fantastic piece of work" and "important for anyone that wants to learn about the science of seeds and challenges faced by farmers. In 2012, Tomorrow’s Table was selected by The New Earth Archive as one of the 25 most powerful and influential books with the power to inspire college readers to change the world. Prof. Ronald has written about food and farming for The New York Times, The Boston Globe, Forbes Magazine, Scientific American, The Harvard International Review, The Economist, the Boston review and MIT technology review. Her 2015 TED talk has been viewed by more than 1.4 million people and translated into 24 languages.