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Toward a Sustainable 21st Century
November 3-4, 2015
Beckman Center for the National Academies of Sciences and Engineering
Strategies for Promoting Sustainable Food Security for the 21st Century

Across the domains of defining the underlying sciences, identifying existing challenges of law and governance, and focusing on imperatives for action, this two-day conference will incorporate national and international perspectives on such topics as:

• the consequences for agricultural productivity of the impact of global warming on water availability including approaches to resilience in the face of floods and droughts;

• the lessons from sustainable farming practices in Europe and elsewhere which can be scaled up in other parts of the world;

• in a world where misguided government policies can be a primary cause of chronic hunger, malnutrition and starvation, the identification of effective routes to adoption of more informed food production policies;

• incorporating “best practices” pioneered in food production and sustainable farming by national and international non-governmental initiatives;

• critiquing national and global governmental farming policies and identifying imperatives for reform leading to more sustainable farming futures;

• necessary directions for sustainable food production to feed the world’s growing population as it increases from over 7 billion to over 9 billion but within the frame of environmental justice and reducing the burden of toxics on farmland and on farm workers and their families.