Wednesday, 6 November 2013

Is modern agriculture sustainable? (An ecologist’s view of agricultural science)

An IRRI Seminar

By Charles J. Krebs
Professor Emeritus of Zoology, University of British Columbia
Vancouver, Canada

1.15 - 2.15pm, Thursday, 7 November 2013
Havener Auditorium, IRRI

If agriculture is applied ecology, then ecological principles ought to be satisfied to ensure sustainability. Agricultural scientists have done an excellent job of improving agricultural productivity through focused research. However, the present system is not sustainable. In this seminar, I will discuss the future of agriculture in light of the three intertwined issues of food security, biodiversity protection, and human population growth. We face a storm of problems that involves increasing crop production, nutrient cycling, soil erosion, climate change, biodiversity loss, and population growth. Solving these problems must be the dominant agenda of this century.

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