Net-Zero Emissions Food Systems

Aug 20th, 2023 - Aug 25th, 2023

We will convene a breadth of food system experts to assess prospects for net-zero emissions food systems with a goal of developing a foundation and roadmap for further research and emerging mitigation efforts, including in key regions such as the U.S., Europe, China, Brazil, India, and Indonesia. Rather than relying on previously published “black-box” scenarios of global food systems, we will begin with present emissions and systematically evaluate the potential for entirely avoiding and/or balancing those emissions by different means. In each case, we will also examine the socio-political, technological, and economic barriers, risks, opportunities, and trade-offs related to different approaches, and ultimately identify areas where further research and investment are both needed and warranted in order to support and accelerate transition to net-zero emissions food systems. Finally, we will assess demand trends for different categories of crops, livestock, fish, and algae to ensure that we are targeting the most relevant production systems.


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Day 1August 21, 2023

10:10 am Questions & Discussion

10:45 am Session 1. Overview & Inspiration

10:46 am Managing trade-offs

10:55 am Demand ÷ Yield = Acres

1:30 pm Session 2. The big issue! Keeping carbon in the ground

3:20 pm Session 3. Food & Deforestation Dynamics in Key Carbon Reservoirs

4:10 pm Discussion


Jennifer Burney

University of California, San Diego
Professor, Marshall Saunders Chancellor’s Endowed Chair of Climate Policy and Research
starEvent Co-Chair

Steve Davis

University of California, Irvine
Professor of Earth System Science
starEvent Co-Chair

Julianne DeAngelo

University of California, Irvine
PhD Student
starEvent Co-Chair

Rosamond Lee Naylor

Stanford University
William Wrigley Professor of Earth System Science & Sr. Fellow and Founding Director, Center on Food Security and Environment
starEvent Co-Chair


Sustainable Development Solutions Network
Senior Analyst
Princeton University
Associate Research Scholar
Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR)
Regional Convenor Central Africa
Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR) and World Agroforestry (ICRAF)
Yale University
Associate Professor
United States Department of Agriculture (USDA)
Senior Research Scientist
Xiamen University (XMU)
New York University
Assistant Professor
ClimateWorks Foundation
Program Director
University of California, Davis
Assistant Project Scientist
Precision Development (PxD)
Chief Economist and Director of Research
Cornell University
ETH Zurich
PhD Candidate
University of Michigan
Associate Professor
University of California, Irvine
Assistant Specialist
Stanford University
Orca Sciences
University of Colorado, Boulder
Assistant Professor
International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center (CIMMYT)
Principal Scientist
Colorado State University (CSU)
Assistant Professor
Busara Center for Behavioral Economics
Engagement Director
Retired Chair and CEO of Cargill Inc
Cornell University
Professor and Director
World Wildlife Fund
Global Climate Lead Scientist
Princeton University
Senior Research Scholar
The National Team for the Acceleration of Poverty Reduction (TNP2K)
Policy Adviser
Scientist & Impact Area Lead
The Swedish Royal Academy of Sciences (KVA)
Scientist/ Program Director

The attendee list and participant profiles are regularly updated. For information on participant affiliation at the time of workshop, please refer to the historical roster. If you are aware of updates needed to participant or workshop records, please notify AGCI’s workshops team.