Penn State University — Research on Emergency Food Resilience (Charles Anderson) (2020)

Penn State University
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To support research on the production of food from unconventional sources following a global catastrophe.

Open Philanthropy recommended a grant of $3,064,660 over four years to Penn State University to support research led by Professor Charles T. Anderson and colleagues on the production of food from unconventional sources following a global catastrophe, such as an all-out nuclear war, large asteroid strike, or supervolcano eruption. This funding will support research to identify plant-based resources that could grow in post-catastrophic climate conditions, develop strategies for emergency food production, analyze potential impacts of post-catastrophic foods on human health, and predict and develop household, community, and market responses to globally catastrophic disasters.

This follows Open Philanthropy's June 2019 support, falls within its work on scientific research, and is related to its efforts to reduce global catastrophic risks. Open Philanthropy's interest in emergency foods first came from encountering the work of David Denkenberger and his colleagues at the Alliance to Feed the Earth in Disasters.

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