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Dr. Gary Kleppel - The Emergent Agriculture

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April 21, 2016

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Science Library Colloquia Series

Dr. Gary Kleppel - The Emergent Agriculture:

Farming, Sustainability and the Return of the Local Economy


Gary Kleppel

May 3, 2016

11:00 am–12:00 pm

Patricia & J. Spencer Standish Board Room, Science Library

Free and Open to All

Albany, N.Y. (April 21, 2016)—There's a revolution underway in the American food system. Disenchanted with industrial agriculture, the corporate farming model driven largely by profit and greed, the American farmer is looking to a better way to produce our nation's food supply. Industrial agriculture spews tons of pollutants into the water and air, abuses people and livestock, and wastes valuable resources.

Dr. Gary S. Kleppel, Professor of Biological Sciences at the University at Albany will address how American agriculture is being transformed on May 3 at 11:00 a.m. in the Science Library's Patricia & J. Spencer Standish Board Room. The program is free and open to all.

"Most of the food that most Americans eat comes from an industrial system of agriculture that is neither safe, nor ethical, nor sustainable," says Professor Kleppel, former longtime Director of UAlbany's Biodiversity, Conservation, and Policy program and newly-awarded recipient of the 2016 President's Award for Exemplary Public Engagement. According to Dr. Kleppel, a new, sustainable, locally-based food system is emerging that is:

  • Stable in the face of economic uncertainty;
  • Resilient in the face of environmental change;
  • Grounded in stewardship of the land, and in attaching value to food and the crafts involved in producing it;
  • Respectful of the dignity of farmers, consumers and livestock.

Dr. Kleppel is author of the The Emergent Agriculture: Farming, Sustainability and the Return of the Local Economy (2014). Copies of Dr. Kleppel's book will be available for purchase.

Dr. Kleppel's talk reinvigorates the Science Library Colloquia Series, which provides an opportunity for the UAlbany community to meet with authors who have published books in the sciences. Since 2001, the Science Library Colloquia Series has hosted more than twenty scientists and journalists, including Eric Block, (University at Albany Department of Chemistry), Garlic and other Alliums (2010); Victor Chase, Shattered Nerves: How Science is Solving Modern Medicine's Most Perplexing Problem (2006); Eric R. Kandel, In Search of Memory (2006); and David Baron, The Beast in the Garden (2004).

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