Webinar: Land Institute Founder Wes Jackson on Sustainable Ag

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Webinar: Land Institute Founder Wes Jackson on Sustainable Ag

Wednesday, May 7, 2014 - 3:30pm

In April, Green Builder Media launched the Celestia Project, our vision of a biophilic future in which we live in harmony with nature, with an examination of food and our modern agricultural practices. To further that exploration, we will interview Wes Jackson, professor, author, and founder of The Land Institute, as a part of our Impact Series: Game Changers in Sustainability webinar program on May 20th at 2pm EST (Jackson is in good company—previous speakers on the Impact Series have included sustainability experts such as Lester Brown, Jean Michele Cousteau, and Bill McKibben.)

Jackson has dedicated his career to developing solutions for sustainable agriculture. He emulates nature by sowing perennials and practicing polyculture (planting more than one crop in a field), leaving soils intact, reducing the threat of monocrop destruction, preventing erosion, and enabling the development of important symbiotic relationships between plants and soils.

Jackson refers to modern agricultural practices as “the 10,000-year-old problem” that began when humans cultivated wheat, corn, and other grains. These crops, now grown on over 70% of our total agricultural acreage, require significant amounts of water, fossil fuel, and harmful chemicals. The result is massive soil erosion, water and air pollution, and excessive resource use.


Keywords: Environment & Climate Change | Agribusiness | Celestia Project | Climate and the environment | Conservation | Energy | Environment & Climate Change | Ethical Production & Consumption | Green Builder Media | Impact Series | Sustainable Food