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Dr. Valerie Eviner, "SUSTAINABLE AGRO-ECOLOGY: feeding the world with minimal environmental impact"

Date: 03/17/05
Time: 4-5:30 p.m.
Audience: Public
Sponsored By: School of Science and Engineering
Location: Coykendall Science Building Auditorium
Contact: David M. Clark, x3524, clarkd@newpaltz.edu
Web Site: http://

Many environmental liabilities result from conventional agriculture: erosion, habitat loss, biodiversity loss, and pollution of water by sediments, nutrients and pesticides. These liabilities have negative effects on the health of humans, wildlife and ecosystems, and extend far beyond agricultural regions. Proponents of conventional agriculture assert that environmental degradation is an inevitable outcome of feeding a large human population. However, the recent field of agroecology has made substantial advances in sustainable agriculture that call this conclusion into question. Dr. Eviner, a U.C. Berkeley Ph.D., will show how agroecologists have documented the negative impacts of conventional agriculture, how they have developed natural tools to avoid these negative impacts, and how our social and economic systems must shift in order to support a transition to sustainable agriculture.