Happy Thanksgiving: A Message from Danforth Center Chair Todd Schnuck

It seems like on Thanksgiving, more than perhaps any other time of the year, we recognize the power of food. Around the table with our friends and loved ones, we understand its necessity not just for life, but for living. Food provides nutrients and nourishment as well as warmth, joy, and community.

That’s why I’m so proud to be part of the Danforth Center—and I hope you are too. Every day, Danforth Center scientists are working to feed the world. The Center reached major new milestones this year, with disease-resistant cassava in Kenya and Golden Rice in the Philippines. And through the efforts of many, and the support of many more, farmers in Nigeria now have a pest-resistant cowpea that will improve their health, livelihood, and well-being. Thank you for playing a role in these life-changing efforts.

Your support of the Danforth Center also helps speed the work of other crucial initiatives to build a stronger St. Louis and a healthier planet. This year, Danforth Center researchers explored new and exciting avenues for making agriculture more sustainable (read more here, here, and here). The Center’s partnership with the Jackie Joyner-Kersee Foundation offered new science enrichment to young people in our region (latest news: here). And Benson Hill, a Danforth Center spinout, went public as a “unicorn,” valued at $1.35 billion. These are the kinds of achievements our community makes possible. Thank you for being a part of it.

Thanksgiving is a time for food, family, and memories. I’m reminded of our founder Dr. Danforth and the warm greetings he would share with us at this time of year. As you enjoy the holiday, please join me in remembering Bill and in celebrating his continuing vision at the Danforth Center. Thank you.


Todd R. Schnuck
Chair, Board of Directors