SUSTAINABLE FARMING SYSTEMS IN THE 21ST CENTURY
John Reganold, Regents Professor of Soil Science and Agroecology at Washington State University
Coach House, Green College, UBC (6201 Cecil Green Park Road)
Wednesday, October 18, 5-6:30 pmin the series
Hope in the Anthropocene: Sustainability Solutions and Inspirations
Agriculture is at a critical juncture. To feed a growing world population, producing adequate crop yields is vital but only one of four main goals that must be met for agriculture to be sustainable. The other three are enhancing the environment, making farming financially viable, and contributing to the well-being of farmers and their communities. Conventional farming systems have provided increasing supplies of food and other products, but often at the expense of the other three sustainability goals. Alternative systems, such as organic, integrated, and conservation farming, better blend production, environment, and socio-economic objectives. Yet no one of these systems alone will produce enough food to sustainably feed the planet. Rather, a blend of these innovative farming approaches is needed for future global food and ecosystem security.John will also be speaking on Thursday, October 19 in the IRES Seminar Series. Click here for more details.
Hope in the Anthropocene is co-sponsored by the Institute for Resources, Environment and Sustainability (IRES) at UBC.
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