Is the Future of Agriculture Perennial?
In the last couple of years we have witnessed how perennial grains have started to rapidly attract interest from farmers and industry, not least the perennial rice (PR23) and the proto-domesticated perennial species intermediate wheat grass (“Kernza”). This means that the time is ripe for bringing research and progressive producers together. Therefore we hope this conference will become a stepping stone for integrated research in which academia and producers start co-producing knowledge. Hence the conference will comprise sessions in which participants representing producers, food industry, and policy, will discuss potentials and challenges of perennial polycultures.
As part of the conference, 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
Coffee & tea
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