2016 Autumn Seminar Series
“The Initiative for Food and AgriCultural Transformation, InFACT, it's Inevitable”.
In fact, the challenge of food security has never been met for all of humanity. It’s a classic wicked problem – complex, multidimensional, and laden with values and tradeoffs at every turn. It’s a challenge that will require transformational solutions. The Ohio State University is committed to resolving food security challenges with scholarship and education to find solutions from Ohio communities to the rest of the world. The Initiative for Food and AgriCultural Transformation, InFACT, represents collaborations across the University, and building capacity in five important dimensions simultaneously: climate resilient agriculture, health and wellness, policy and planning, business and entrepreneurship, and the cultures that underlie our response to change. Ohio State through InFACT will pioneer new conceptual and physical models of food systems that promote health while balancing technology, ecological capacities, economics, justice and equity. This seminar will give some of the background on the Discovery Themes and particularly the faculty-led development of its initiatives, ideas that are shaping InFACT, an overview of plans for hiring 30 new faculty members across the University, and examples of the work that is emerging.