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What Will it Take to Feed the World Sustainably?

With the world’s population growing toward 9 billion--coupled with rising incomes, expanding meat consumption, and increased allocation of cropland for biofuels--the goals of meeting basic food needs, reducing global hunger, and preserving the health of the planet will become ever more challenging. In this public talk, Dr. Rosamond Naylor, fellow at Stanford University's Institute for International Studies, examines this challenge in the context of key countries, food-feed-fuel connections, and increased instability in commodity and financial markets. Recorded 24 October 2008.

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Free AGCI Walter Orr Roberts Public Lecture: December 2

Free AGCI Walter Orr Roberts Public Lecture: December 2

Join us to hear Prof. Palma-Oliveira, of the University of Lisbon, discuss "Predicting Community Resilience in a Changing Climate." Prof. Palma-Oliveira studies the radical changes that have occurred in human societies and ecosystems around the globe since the rise of agriculture around 6000 BCE. Research now illustrates that these shifts in human societies, coupled with the consequences of climate change, comprise a major threat to communities across the globe. Community resilience depends upon two main factors: the degree to which (a) local ecosystem functions are dependent on the human actions and (b) social stress and inequality abound within a society. This lecture explores how a better understanding of these two factors allows communities to better predict and shape their resilience in the face of global change.

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