Agriculture, Food &
Speakers cover growing, raising, catching, collecting,
buying, selecting, preparing and eating or using food and fiber
more sustainably, more healthfully, and more humanely. They
also cover the problems and issues arising from current practices,
including soil loss and degradation, pesticide and chemical
exposure, water, soil and air pollution, fossil fuel consumption
and related impacts, water waste, overpumping of aquifers, damage
to river, wetland and ocean habitats, greenhouse gas emissions,
disease and other human health problems, collapse of fisheries,
species extinctions, and cruelty to animals.
Eating. Eating to have a lower environmental footprint
and be more sustainable. Includes food selection, buying choices,
preparation, and disposal of food and packaging wastes. More
Food & Agriculture. Covers farming and ranching issues,
methods, and impacts, conservation of agricultural land, choice
of foods, vegetarian diets, organic food, fishing, fishery protection,
aquaculture, and related issues. See Raj Patel, Lester
Susan Sokol Blosser,
Kate Troll, Steve
Brill, Jim Motavalli,
Rae Sikora, Annie
Bond, Medard Gabel,
John Ivanko, Alfredo Quarto, David Blume, Adam Davis, and
Water Supply & Conservation. Fresh water is in short
supply worldwide, and everything from food production to stream
and coastal conservation is suffering as a result. See Lester
Brown, Jerry Yudelson, Mark Van
Leslie, L. Hunter
Lovins, Tim Foresman, and Peter Bronski.
Community & Home Food Gardening. Includes community
and home food gardening, organic gardening, and permaculture.
Also covers organizing and running community gardens. See Amy
Stewart, David Blume,
Allen Green, Steve
Brill, Lisa Kivirist,
and John Ivanko.
Food, Nutrition & Health. Speakers cover how to select
and prepare food that promotes health and good nutrition, and
how that also tends to be healthier and more sustainable for
the planet. See Matt Levine, Ann Vileisis,
Laura Stec, David Steinman, and David
Organic & Natural Food & Cooking. Understanding,
locating, evaluating, buying, cooking, and serving organic and
natural foods. See Matt
Levine, Laura Stec, Jay Weinstein, David Steinman, Lisa Kivirist,
John Ivanko, Susan Sokol Blosser, and
Vegetarian Diets. Vegetarian diets can have a wide range
of environmental and health benefits. In addition, vegetarianism
avoids complicity with the factory methods of animal raising
and slaughter that many find cruel and morally indefensible.
See Jim Motavalli,
Laura Stec, Jay
Weinstein, Rae Sikora,
and David Blume.
Fisheries Management, Protection & Restoration. Overfishing
is strip mining the oceans. Destructive fishing technologies
are damaging ocean ecosystems. Critical fishery areas are being
damaged by pollution, global warming, and other assaults. Without
a concerted campaign to protect and restore fisheries, a growing
number will decline or collapse. See David
'J' Nichols, Kate Troll, and Wil Burns.
Animal Protection. The awareness that animals feel pain
and that cruelty to animals is morally unjustifiable is seen
by many as a natural corollary of environmental stewardship.
See Ric O’Barry, Rae Sikora, Zoe Weil, Jay Weinstein, and Jim Motavalli.
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new speakers on all aspects of Food & Fiber
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Related Topics Coming Soon
We are working now on new topic pages in the areas
listed below. They will be added here as they become available.
Chemical & Oil Intensive Farming & Livestock
& Ranchland Land Protection
Conservation & Restoration
Farming & Livestock
& Water Shortages
& Harvesting Biofuels
Genetic Engineering & Biotechnology
Protection & Animal Cruelty
- Community Supported Agriculture
Food Services & Cafeterias