Envisioning a Sustainable Agricultural Future for Wisconsin
- 02/22/2020 9:00 am - 11:00 am
Agriculture provides us with food and services that we depend on daily for healthy and prosperous lives. However, agriculture is also one of the most significant causes of global change. Our ability to create food, fiber, and more recently energy, to sustain our livelihoods has come at great environmental costs. The erosion of our soils, pollution and consumption of limited water supplies, and the loss of biological diversity threaten our ability to continue to farm. In Wisconsin, it is not even clear whether our current agricultural system is viable economically, as we lead the nation in farm foreclosures. The question of our generation is: how do we design agricultural systems that will be further pressed to provide more food to a growing global population in a way that supports healthier humans and the ecosystems on which they depend upon into the future? Based on our experiences studying the biological and ecosystem consequences of agriculture, we will discuss ways in which we can utilize the best science available to support a deliberate process of innovation that can lead to re-envisioning our agricultural landscapes. A portion of this session will include a hands-on workshop where participants will have the opportunity to collaboratively design alternative future landscapes.
702 Langdon St
Madison, WI 53703