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Open symposium May 8: Is the Future of Agriculture Perennial?

There is an urgent need for agriculture to drastically reduce its negative environmental impacts, while at the same time responding to increasing demand and adapting to a changing climate. For this to be possible, radical change in how we grow our major staple crops is essential.

From the 6th through the 10th of May, over 80 specially invited researchers from around the world will meet in Lund to present and discuss progress, challenges and future avenues regarding the development and upscaling of perennial agriculture. As part of this, the Pufendorf Theme ‘Domestication’ welcomes the public to a half-day symposium to take part in a discussion about the future of agriculture together with prominent scholars from the humanities, natural, and social & economic sciences. Can perennial grains help solve the many environmental and social problems faced in modern agriculture?



13.15 “Why we need to reinvent agriculture: How ten thousand years of agrarian civilisations gave way to unsustainable foodgetting in the past century and a half.”, Harriet Friedmann, University of Toronto, Canada

14.00 “Is the future of agriculture perennial – ecological principles, potentials and pitfalls.”, Tim Crews, The Land Institute, Salina, KS, USA

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15.15 “A tale of two grains—Kernza and perennial rice.  The different paths to creating a perennial grain, and the social experiments of early commercialization in the West and East.”  , Lee DeHaan, The Land Institute and Fengyi Hu, Yunnan University, China

16.00 Open forum with a panel of scientists

16.50 “A Social-perennial vision.”, Aubrey Streit Krug, The Land Institute and Omar Tesdell, Birzeit University


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When: May 8th

Where: LUX Aula, Helgonavägen 3, Lund

Contact: domestication [at] pi [dot] lu [dot] se