Insight Circuit: Meeting Future Food Demands

CS Liew, Owner and Managing Director, Pacific Agriscience

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Innovation SHORT CIRCUITS, delivered by industry experts and influencers, are 2-hour, topic-based conversation sessions that help students gain expertise in innovation mindset, skills and practices.

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Short Circuit: How to Innovate
The Future of Alternative Agriculture

November 12 – 8 p.m.
Sponsored by: The Agricultural Entrepreneurship Initiative and The ISU Student Innovation Center

  • CS Liew, Owner and Managing Director, Pacific Agriscience
  • Introduction by Roger Underwood
  • Q&A moderated by Kevin Kimle


What is the role of alternative agriculture in the arena of global food security?

Learn about the potential and limitations of alternative agriculture. What is vertical farming? What is the role of plant-based and cultured proteins? Which crops can be feasibly produced indoors? With pressures of animal diseases, population growth, shortages of labor to produce food, climate changes and disruptions in supply chains, what role does technology play in meeting future needs? Addressing food security post-COVID-19 is now forefront with national policy makers in food deficit countries.

Who is CS Liew?

C S Liew grew up in Malaysia. He came to Iowa State University to study agriculture, ultimately choosing a double major in agronomy and pest management. He formed his own company, Pacific Agriscience, in the late 1990s and has grown the company from its start as an input distributor, more recently specializing in mergers and acquisitions, brokering multimillion-dollar deals with agricultural companies around the globe.


  • What pressures drive innovation in innovating alternatives to conventional farming?
  • What is being done globally to address challenges to producing sustainable food sources?
  • How can young people get engaged in conversations, research, and projects that address global food challenges?
  • How can we achieve food security through lab-grown meat and milk, indoor farming—vegetables, fish and shrimp.