Toiling in the Agroecological Matrix: What Does Co-existence Look Like?

Lecture | April 29 | 4-5 p.m. | Morgan Hall, Morgan Lounge

 Berkeley Food Institute, Center for Diversified Farming Systems

In an ideal world, farm families would farm in ways that are economically, socially and environmentally sustainable. In that ideal world, we would see synergies arising from communities of growers using complementary practices that enhance sustainable farming in local regions. Over the past decade and a half, changes in farm size and the implementation of key agricultural policies have made it more difficult for a diversity of farming methods to coexist in a shared agroecological matrix. In this talk Dave Mortensen will explore the impact of these changes and identify farmer practice and policy changes needed to address them.

Mortensen’s views on coexistence have been shaped by agroecological research, particularly participatory research, conducted in the Midwest, midAtlantic and Northeastern US, through his service on several regional and national sustainable agriculture boards, through his service as scientist on the National Organic Standards Board, and his engagement with USDA, EPA, and Congressional policymakers and policy implementers.

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