I am driven to sustainably feed the world

Not only is the global population growing, demand for food is expected to rise while resources remain scarce. Philip Pardey blends evidence from biology, agroecology, and economics to find the innovations needed to tackle these challenges.

Philip Pardey
“I think better decisions enabled by better data lead to better livelihood outcomes.” Philip Pardey, Professor Click to tweet

Location, location, location

Where a crop is grown is crucial to its productivity. Over the course of the last century, the average corn field in the United States has moved more than 440 kilometers to the northwest. That shift has contributed to an increase in corn output of about 20 percent.

animated map of changing geography of corn production from 1899 to 2007

Corn movement in the U.S., 1899–2007. Map shows share of corn output by county, 1899 and 2007

animated image of corn growing


The U.S. is by far the largest corn producer on the planet, responsible for more than one-third of the entire world’s corn crop.

Pardey talks about the global impact of three prominent
U of M researchers

“There's a lot of opportunity for great science and great service in the food and ag sector.” Philip Pardey, Professor Click to tweet