By Bobby Coats, Agricultural Economist
Join in Thursday, February 28, 2019 at 8:00 a.m. CST to hear from
Dr. Lewis H. Ziska, Plant Physiologist with USDA’s Agricultural Research Service in Beltsville, Maryland and USDA/ARS’s Globally Recognized “Climate Change and Food Security Expert” for this webinar presentation. He will focus on the following topics:
- Energy, climate and water have been an integral part of food security in the 20th century.
- An overview of both the direct (water, climate) and indirect (nutrition, pollinators) factors that are likely to contribute to changes in cereal productivity.
- Probable strategies that can, potentially, address these changes; including ployculture, energy efficiency, CO2 breeding and improved pest management.
Additional details about the presentation: Energy, climate and water have been an integral part of food security in the 20th century. The reliance of modern agriculture on these three parameters is the basis for the green revolution paradigm. This paradigm requires cheap energy (i.e. fertilizer), available water (i.e. irrigation), and a stable climate in order to provide the food, fiber and fuel needs for a population of approximately 7 billion people. Unfortunately, it is increasingly clear that all three parameters are changing rapidly and unpredictably. Consequently the ability to maintain, not only the current food supply (principally cereals), but to meet the caloric needs of the additional 2 billion individuals anticipated by 2040 is quickly being recognized as a global “stress test” of science and agriculture. Here I will overview both the direct (water, climate) and indirect (nutrition, pollinators) factors that are likely to contribute to changes in cereal productivity. In addition, I will outline a set of probable strategies that can, potentially, address these challenges; including polyculture, energy efficiency, CO2 breeding and improved pest management.
Additional details about the presenter: Dr. Ziska is a Plant Physiologist with the USDA’s Agricultural Research Service in Beltsville, Maryland. After graduating from the University of California, Davis, he began his career as a Smithsonian fellow, and then took up residence as the Project Leader for global climate change at the International Rice Research Institute in the Philippines before joining USDA. Since joining USDA, Dr. Ziska has published over 100 peer-reviewed research articles related to climate change and rising carbon dioxide that address: (1) Agriculture and Food Security; (2) Weeds and weed management; (3) Invasive species; (4) Plant biology and public health.