"When Ecology Replaces Agronomy for Food Production" Odum Environmental Ethics Lecture by Wes Jackson, The Land Institute
Date: Friday, March 28
Location: The Chapel, North Campus
Start Time: 02:00 PM
End Time: 03:30 PM
Price: Free and open to the public
Wes Jackson, founder and president of The Land Institute, to speak at UGA
Athens, Ga. – The University of Georgia College of Environment and Design will host a
lecture by Wes Jackson, a leader in the international movement for sustainable
agriculture, on March 28 at 2 p.m. in the UGA Chapel.
The lecture is in honor of the 30th anniversary of the Environmental Ethics Certificate
Program and will be co-sponsored by the Jane and Harry Willson Center for Humanities
and Arts. It is also the annual Odum Environmental Ethics Lecture. This event is free and
open to the public.
Jackson is founder and president of The Land Institute, a nonprofit organization in Salina,
Kan., dedicated to the principles of ecological agriculture. A cornerstone of the institute’s
research efforts is the development of agricultural systems that mimic natural ecosystems.
Jackson is the originator of the concept of perennial polyculture, an agricultural system
that relies on perennial grains, preserves soil, reduces water inputs and mimics the Great
Plains ecosystems in the surrounding area.
The institute is also home to Sunshine Farm, a completely solar-powered farm operation,
and the Matfield Green project, an investigation of the economic and social dynamics that
led to the decline of rural America. The work of The Land Institute has been featured in
The Atlantic Monthly, Audubon, National Geographic, Time magazine and National
Jackson’s writings include papers and several books, with his most recent being “Nature
as a Measure” (2011) and “Consulting the Genius of Place: An Ecological Approach to
New Agriculture” (2010). Jackson was predicted by Life magazine to be among the 100
“important Americans of the 20th century.” The Smithsonian recognized him in 2005 as
one of “35 Who Made a Difference,” and in 2009 he was included in Rolling Stone’s
“100 Agents of Change.”
Jackson is a recipient of the Pew Conservation Scholars award (1990), a MacArthur
Fellowship (1992), Right Livelihood Award (Stockholm), known as the “Alternative
Nobel Prize” (2000), and the Louis Bromfield Award (2010). He has received five
honorary doctorates. In 2007, he received the University of Kansas Distinguished Service
Award and was one of the 2011 recipients of the University of Kansas College of Liberal
Arts and Sciences Distinguished Alumni Awards.
In addition to lecturing nationwide and abroad on the subject of sustainable agriculture,
Jackson is a Post Carbon Institute Fellow and serves on the editorial board of Solutions.
The UGA Chapel is located on the university’s historic North Campus, and public pay
parking can be found in the parking deck on South Jackson Street or downtown.
Following the lecture, refreshments will be served in the lobby of the Jackson Street Building to celebrate the 30th Anniversary of the Environmental Ethics Certificate Program.