How Sustainable Is American Farming and Can Indigenous Agroecology Solve Its Key Challenges?
14 November 2022, 6:00 pm–7:30 pm
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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UCL Institute of the Americas
IAS Forum, G17 Ground FloorSouth WingGower StreetLondonWC1E 6BT
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.
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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