UCL Institute of the Americas


How Sustainable Is American Farming and Can Indigenous Agroecology Solve Its Key Challenges?

14 November 2022, 6:00 pm–7:30 pm

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An event part of the UCL Institute of the Americas Environment and Society in the Americas Seminar series

This event is free.

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IAS Forum, G17 Ground Floor
South Wing
Gower Street

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Almost 10 billion people are predicted to exist on Earth by 2050—that is about 3 billion more who will need to be fed compared to 2010. However, expanding our current agriculture systems is not a sustainable solution to this challenge because the sector already accounts for 30% of greenhouse gas emissions and 70% of freshwater withdrawals. What’s more, an estimated one-third of the food the world currently produces gets wasted. This session explores solution-sets in North and South American agriculture contexts. It considers the extent to which Indigenous Agroecology, which applies ecological principles grounded in local knowledge and communities to agricultural systems, has widely applicable answers.

An event part of the UCL Americas seminar series Environments and Society in the Americas, with kind support from the UCL Institute of Advanced Studies (IAS).

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About the Speaker

Professor Joy Porter

Principal Investigator of the Treatied Spaces Research Group at University of Hull

Professor Joy Porter is Principal Investigator of the Treatied Spaces Research Group (treatiedspaces.com) based at the University of Hull which co-ordinates a portfolio of externally funded research that makes treaties and environmental concerns central to debates across disciplines, policy registers and public discourse. She is Principal Investigator of the Brightening the Covenant Chain AHRC Standard Research Grant, is currently a Leverhulme Major Research Fellow, and is a Lead Editor of the Cambridge University Press Series Elements in Indigenous Environmental Research. Her most recent books are Trauma, Primitivism and the First World War (Bloomsbury, 2021) and Native American Environmentalism (University of Nebraska Press, 2014).

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