Wednesday, March 17, 2010

towards sustainable farming

Today there will be a couple of Earthwatch lectures at the Royal Geographic Society in London, covering research aimed at improving the sustainability of food production. Mark Chandler will talk about his work with coffee farmers in Costa Rica, while Ken Norris will focus on cocoa production in Ghana.

I have mentioned Mark's work in a news feature last November (blog entry and link), and Ken's in June 2008 (blog entry and link). Both very thought-provoking re. connections between the food we consume and the state the world is in.

Both projects are corporate partnerships (with Starbucks and Cadbury, respectively), and are also addressing issues of how economics can better cooperate with nature, rather than destroying it, as discussed in this recent story.

2010 Earthwatch Lectures

Farming and sustainable environments
Wednesday 17 March 2010
The Royal Geographical Society,
1 Kensington Gore, London SW7 2AR

Chaired by Countryfile and Watchdog presenter
Julia Bradbury

Speakers: Professor Ken Norris, University of Reading;
Dr Mark Chandler, Earthwatch

5.30pm to 6.30pm Citizen Science Competition Advice Clinic
6pm - Cash bar, photo exhibition
7pm – Lecture
8.30pm – Cash bar

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