Wes Jackson Talks About the Connection Between Agriculture and Climate Change

Wes Jackson, president of The Land Institute, Salinas KS, will be speaking in Seattle, Tuesday, November 30, at the University of Washington in Kane Hall. His presentation begins at 6:30.

In this lecture, Wes Jackson considers a future much different from the one we’re heading to now, one “where conservation becomes the consequence of food production.” The consequences of agricultural industrialization include “topsoil erosion, dependence on fossil fuels, toxic soil and water, an explosion in nitrogen fertilizers and downstream dead zones.”  Hopefully, good food will also be another consequence.

Jackson is an important advocate for ecological agriculture and, in the video below, he talks about the connection between agriculture and climate change.

As we move into a period of more intense storms and changes in rain patterns, perennial grain crops can hold moisture in the soil and protect it from soil erosion.

The Land Institute has worked for over 30 years to develop an agricultural system with the ecological stability of the prairie and a grain yield comparable to that of annual crops.

For more information about The Land Institute, visit their website.