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David Lobell, associate professor of Environmental Earth System Science, was named one of 100 "Leading Global Thinkers" by Foreign Policy. Among the magazine's other leaders are Amazon.com founder Jeff Bezos, New York Times writer Thomas Friedman and Pope Francis.
In the fifth annual special issue featuring global thinkers, the editors explain that they look for people who "over the past year, have made a measurable difference in politics, business, technology, the arts, the sciences and more."
They write, "We look at the year's biggest stories and scout the weird and arcane from obscure journals." The resulting list, they believe, includes people who are "doing nothing less than bringing peace, protecting the planet and pushing the boundaries of the possible."
Lobell, also a senior fellow at the Freeman Spogli Institute and the Woods Institute for the Environment, was cited "for helping farmers feed the world." Lobell also won a MacArthur "genius award" in 2013.
The profile of Lobell reads:
"Against the backdrop of climate change, a question looms large: Can the world feed all its people? There are already 842 million undernourished people on the planet, and recent research suggests that food supplies are increasingly at risk as temperatures rise. If we do nothing to address agricultural practices and climate change, then the picture of human hunger looks dire as our population heads toward an estimated 9.6 billion in 2050.
David Lobell, an agricultural ecologist at Stanford University who works in the emerging field of crop informatics, wants to brighten this picture."
January 8, 2014
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