Video: PepsiCo Chief Scientific Officer on Innovation, Sustainability, and Gluten-Free Oatmeal

Highlights from Mehmood Khan’s mainstage session at our 2017 Teach-In event at MIT. Khan, the Chief Scientific Officer at PepsiCo, discusses how the company brings together experts from inside and outside the company to change its supply chain in order to create new products — like truly gluten-free oatmeal. Khan also talks about how the food and beverage giant integrates sustainability and innovation into a global organization.

Khan also touched on the challenges of obesity, and a global population boom. “We are going to have 2.5 billion more mouths to feed by 2050…70 percent [will be] living in cities,” he said. “How are we going to feed 9.5 billion people with less water, climate change, no greater land, and greater congestion? Our current systems and processes will not be able to do it. If our industry continues to do what we do today, we actually will not be able to meet that challenge. We’ve got to increase food supply by 40 percent, and yet not have an impact on the environment.”

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