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What's Next? Feeding the World and Sustaining the Planet

Date: 02/23/2013

Time: 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM

Location: Continuing Education and Conference Center

Cost: $50


This Saturday morning seminar is offered by the College of Continuing Education's LearningLife program.


World population is expected to reach nine billion in the next 39 years. Today, humans are farming more of the planet than ever, with higher resource intensity and staggering environmental impacts. Still, one in seven of the world's people lack adequate access to food and suffer from chronic hunger. To meet the demands of the future, we will have to double global food production. But agriculture is already taking a huge ecological toll with overuse of fertilizers, soil erosion, deforestation, and energy-intensive practices. One of the most urgent questions facing humanity is how we will feed the world's people without destroying Earth's fragile life support systems. Join a noted ecologist and climatologist as he discusses the future of the environment and reveals the key ingredients needed to create a recipe for globally sustainable agriculture. Tuition includes refreshments.

Instructor Jonathan Foley is director of the Institute on the Environment at the University of Minnesota where he also holds the McKnight Presidential Chair in Ecology, Evolution, and Behavior. Prior to coming to the University of Minnesota in 2008, he served on the faculty of the University of Wisconsin, Madison, for 15 years where he founded the Center for Sustainability and the Global Environment. He holds a degree in meteorology and a Ph.D. in atmospheric sciences from University of Wisconsin-Madison, and has won numerous awards for his work. Last year he served on an international team of researchers and was the lead author of a visionary five-point plan to increase global food production while reducing environmental damage from agriculture.


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LearningLife is a program of the University of Minnesota College of Continuing Education. Established in 1913, the College provides high-quality continuing education and lifelong learning opportunities for professional development, personal enrichment, career transitions, and academic growth.


  • Name: College of Continuing Education Information Center
  • E-mail: cceinfo@umn.edu
  • Phone: 612-624-4000
  • Sponsored by: College of Continuing Education

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Disability Options:

To request disability accommodations, please contact the College of Continuing Education Information Center at 612-624-4000 or at cceinfo@umn.edu.

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