World food production and food security topic of T.T. Chao Symposium at Baker Institute Oct. 24


David Ruth

Jeff Falk

World food production and food security topic of T.T. Chao Symposium at Baker Institute Oct. 24

HOUSTON – (Oct. 17, 2013) – The fifth annual T.T. Chao Symposium will bring world-renowned experts to Rice University’s Baker Institute for Public Policy Oct. 24 to discuss one of the great issues facing humanity: food production and food security. The symposium is free and open to the public and is hosted by the Chemical Heritage Foundation in partnership with the Baker Institute.

Who:               Leading food and food policy experts who will explore the technological, societal, policy and economic ramifications of providing basic nutrition to the world.

Keynote speakers will be Per Pinstrup-Andersen, the HE. Babcock Professor of Food, Nutrition and Public Policy at Cornell University, and Roger Beachy, founding executive director and chief executive officer of the Global Institute for Food Security at the University of Saskatchewan.

What:             “T.T. Chao Symposium: Feeding the World.”

When:             Thursday, Oct. 24, noon-5 p.m.

Where:           Rice University, Baker Hall, Doré Commons, 6100 Main St.

The symposium is supported by the Ting Tsung and Wei Fong Chao Foundation.

The event is free and open to the public, but registration is required via the Chemical Heritage Foundation website,

Members of the news media who want to attend should RSVP to Jeff Falk, associate director of national media relations at Rice, at or 713-348-6775.


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About Jeff Falk

Jeff Falk is associate director of national media relations in Rice University's Office of Public Affairs.