PBS Logo NPR Logo
Public Media for Central Pennsylvania

Digging Deeper: Food Security

Global population and global hunger are on the rise.  According to the United Nations, there will be nearly 10 billion people on the planet by the year 2050.  Of the 7.5 billion people on Earth today, 815 million of them are hungry.  Feeding the current population while keeping up with growth will be a major challenge.

Scientists at the “Roots Lab” at Penn State are working on building sustainable sources of food and nutrition for the developing world.  By focusing on root structures, Dr. Jonathan Lynch and Dr. Kathleen Brown are developing crops that can grow and thrive in drought conditions and in nutrient poor soil.  The “Roots Lab” welcomes graduate students and collaborators interested in novel, multidisciplinary research that addresses real world issues.

More Episodes

Patty Satalia, Eric Baron and Sandy Barbour on the set of HIgher Education in Focus
Digging Deeper

Penn State Athletics

Posted on September 27, 2014

On the premiere episode of “Higher Education in Focus,” Penn State President Eric Barron and WPSU’s Patty Satalia talk to Sandy Barbour, Penn State’s new athletic director.


Eric Barron on the set of Digging Deeper
Digging Deeper

The 2020 Election

Posted on September 29, 2020

Penn State President Eric Barron talks to Danielle Conway, Dean and Donald J. Farage Professor of Law at Dickinson Law, and Michael Berkman, Director of the McCourtney Institute for Democracy, about the upcoming election.


Penn State President Eric Barron and guests
Digging Deeper

World in Conversation

Posted on March 24, 2019

Penn State President Eric Barron and guests talk about the World in Conversation project, their Martin Luther King Day event, and the importance of facilitated dialogue.


More from Digging Deeper »