39 North Innovation District Plan Unveiled
The Science in Our Food
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1. To grow more nutritious and useful crops per acre;
2. To preserve a livable environment by using fewer scarce inputs for agriculture, notably land, water, energy and fertilizer;
3. To work with our partner institutions, Missouri Botanical Garden, the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, the University of Missouri-Columbia, Monsanto, and Washington University and others, to make our region the world leader in plant science including the commercial activities that arise from it.
1. You. We could not have come so far without you – our friends, donors and colleagues; some key players, who should not be forgotten, are unfortunately no longer with us.
2. The advances in science that make possible faster and more significant advances in both understanding and remediation. Picking a start date for the beginning of this science is arbitrary. We could pick 11,000 B.C. when humans domesticated plants in the Fertile Crescent with the help of the Tigris and Euphrates Rivers, or perhaps more properly from the beginnings of modern science in Europe in the 16th Century or more recently to Watson and Crick in the 1960s. But a more accurate description still might be the hundreds of advances in science and in technology that have been made in more recent years and even months. But we depend on the imagination and work of those who have gone before.
3. Finally, I’d like to give special thanks for our great multi-ethnic, multi-religious, multi-cultural, continent-wide democracy, the vast majority of whose citizens are descended from immigrants. We are a nation of lots of foolishness and faults, but a country mostly orderly and mostly at peace. We are able to hear passionate debates by aspiring political leaders, while still continuing to operate a successful free market economy that provides the individual and governmental wealth to develop organizations like ours dedicated to solving problems by learning and experiment rather than by ideology. Moreover, we have not adopted the unscientific anti-GMO stance of many European nations.