John M. Reilly, co-director of the MIT Joint Program on the Science and Policy of Global Change, is now the newest member of the Barilla Center for Food and Nutrition (BCFN) Advisory Board, a panel of top health, food, environment, economy and medical experts around the world. Reilly will collaborate with other BCFN experts and board members to analyze and develop proposals on pressing global food and nutrition issues.
The BCFN is a think-tank established to gather global knowledge on food, analyze it and propose solutions to negotiate the challenges of the future. It aims to encourage general well-being through a healthy and sustainable approach to food. Over the last three years, the BCFN has published 11 works on the subjects of environmental sustainability, relationship between food and health in adults and children, access to food resources and cultural value of food.
“An integrated look at the food system considering the nutrition and health of consumers, the environmental sustainability of the production system, and its potential vulnerability to climate and environmental change is much needed as we look ahead to a growing world population and increased threats of environmental change,” Reilly said. “I look forward to working with the BCFN on these topics and expect to learn as much as I contribute given the outstanding group of experts the center has assembled to support their work.”
Reilly, an energy, environmental and agricultural economist, focuses on understanding the role of human activities as a contributor to global environmental change and the effects of environmental change on society and the economy. A key element of his work is the integration of economic models of the global economy as it represents human activity with models of biophysical systems, including the ocean, atmosphere and terrestrial vegetation.
This story was excerpted from a Barilla Center press release.