Public Lecture with Jonathan Foley
The NYU Educating for Sustainability lecture series is
pleased to invite you to a presentation by
Director of the University of Minnesota's Institute on the Environment
'Can We Feed a Growing World and Still Sustain the Planet?'
Increasing global population, incomes, dietary consumption and biofuel use are placing unprecedented demands on the world's agriculture and natural resources. Today, approximately a billion people are chronically malnourished, while our agricultural systems are concurrently degrading land, water, biodiversity and climate on a global scale. To meet the world's future food security and sustainability needs, food production must grow substantially while, at the same time, agriculture's environmental footprint must shrink dramatically. In this presentation, Prof. Foley will discuss new solutions to this dilemma, showing that tremendous progress could be made to this vexing problem.
Jonathan Foley is the director of the Institute on the Environment (IonE) at the University of the Minnesota, where he is a professor and McKnight Presidential Chair in the Department of Ecology, Evolution and Behavior. He also leads the IonE’s Global Landscapes Initiative.
Foley’s work focuses on the sustainability of our civilization
and the global environment. He and his students have contributed to
our understanding of global food security, global patterns of land
use, the behavior of the planet’s climate, ecosystems and water cycle,
and the sustainability of the biosphere. This work has led him to be a
regular advisor to large corporations, NGOs and governments around
the world. Read more...