Beyond Ideology: How Should We Feed Ourselves If We Care About Nature?

Event Date: 
May 8, 2012

Agriculture already uses almost 40 percent of the Earth’s land mass—and with world population expected to add another 2–3 billion people by century’s end, that figure seems destined to increase, putting more pressure on natural systems that are already stressed by water scarcity, nutrient runoff, and other agricultural byproducts. Meanwhile, fishing stocks are widely reported to be on the verge of collapse globally. So what’s the answer? Genetically modified organisms? A new Green Revolution? A widespread change in diets? Five scientists discuss the challenges and potential solutions that could feed the people and protect nature.


  • David Cleary, The Nature Conservancy
  • Jon Foley, University of Minnesota
  • Doug Gurian-Sherman, Union of Concerned Scientists
  • Phil Levin, NOAA
  • Pam Roland, University of California–Davis

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  • Nonmember $20
  • Student / Postdoc / Fellow Nonmember $10

This event is the final installment of the four-part Discourses on Nature and Society Series. In this series, the New York Academy of Sciences and The Nature Conservancy explore the relationship between conservation and our increasingly urban existence.

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ChunYeung Au
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