Feeding China

Damien Ma, Fellow, The Paulson Institute; David Nelson, Former Global Strategist, Rabobank; William S. Niebur, Vice President and General Manager, DuPont Pioneer China. Moderated by Dan Glickman.

The future of food is increasingly being shaped by China’s appetite. According to the USDA, China surpassed the United States as the world’s largest meat consumer in 1992 -- and they now double the consumption of any other country. With widespread soil pollution, contaminated meat controversies, and surging prices, China’s domestic system has been unable to keep up with demand. To satisfy these needs, Beijing has turned their attention to the international supply chain and now consumes 60% of global soy production, imports rice from around the world, seeks to purchase major food firms such as the 2013 acquisition of Smithfield Farms, America’s largest pork producer. Can the world safely produce as much food as China needs? How can US agribusinesses best work with the hungry dragon?

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7:30 a.m.: Registration and light breakfast

7:45 a.m.: Presentation and discussion

9:00 a.m.: Adjournment