Adjunct professor Dr. Mary Schmidl was selected and presented at the 14th annual Patrick Lecture Series at Louisiana State University.
Her lecture was entitled "Healthy Food, Healthy Planet". From the abstract: Providing access to adequate amounts of nutritious, safe and culturally appropriate food for 9.3 billion people by the year 2050 is a daunting challenge since the "next generation" of the food supply system must be done in an environmentally sustainable, reliable, and socially just manner. Even today the worldwide burden of malnutrition is overwhelming. To meet the world's increasing demand for sustainable food systems global food production needs to be doubled by 2050. Most of this growth will need to come from increased yields and productivity rather than from the use of additional land. Food security is a complex sustainable development issue, linked to nutrition and health but also to sustainable economic development, and trade; however, collaboration is the key for success and everyone can have an impact.
The Patrick Lecture Series was established in 1998 by Drs. Bill and Ruth Patrick through an endowment to the LSU Foundation. The endowment fund sponsors a lecture each year that alternates between the fields of human nutrition/food science and wetland sciences/coastal studies. The selected lecturer is an individual who has achieved outstanding and international distinction in the designated field. Each year the lecture committee receives nominations from the faculty for notable scholars to be the invited lecturer and makes the final decision. The invited lecturer spends several days on the LSU campus and presents a formal evening lecture and a second lecture the following day. The invited lecturer also interacts with faculty and staff and students in group and individual meetings during their visit to campus.