21 May Tomorrow’s Table: Organic Farming, Genetics and the Future of Food
Pamela C. Ronald (Plant Pathology, UC Davis)
Thursday, May 21, 2015 / 12:00 PM
McCune Conference Room, 6020 HSSB
Embracing both genetically-improved seed and ecologically-based farming methods, Pamela Ronald aims to enhance sustainable agriculture. In this talk, she asserts that genetic improvement is a critical component of feeding the world without further destroying the environment. Her book Tomorrow’s Table (co-authored with organic farmer Raoul Adamchak) argues that to advance sustainable agriculture, we must not focus on how a seed variety was developed. Instead we must ask what technology most enhances local food security and can provide safe, abundant and nutritious food to consumers.
Pamela Ronald has written opinion pieces for the Boston Globe, The Economist, and the New York Times. She is a blogger for Scientific American’s “Food Matters” blog and a cofounder of Biology Fortified Inc, an independent educational non-profit organization.
Sponsored by the IHC series The Anthropocene: Views from the Humanities.