International Leader On Sustainable Agriculture To Speak In Iowa

International Leader On Sustainable Agriculture To Speak In Iowa

Hans Herren, a World Food Prize Laureate, will give his talk April 7 at ISU in Ames and April 8 at UNI in Cedar Falls.

An internationally recognized scientist and World Food Prize recipient will speak about opportunities and challenges for advancing integrated sustainable development during the 2013 Shivvers Memorial Lecture at Iowa State University. Hans Herren's talk, "Changing Course in Global Agriculture," will be at 7 p.m. Sunday, April 7, in the Memorial Union Sun Room. It is free and open to the public.

CALLING FOR GLOBAL CHANGE: "We have to find solutions on how to produce more food in a sustainable way," says Hans Herren, an agricultural scientist and World Food Prize Laureate. " We also need to reintegrate much more animals with crops in the farming system, this will help in restoring much needed soil fertility, and the reduction of excess manure from feed lots, energy use and the abuse of antibiotics and hormones in large scale animal production. We should also refocus agricultural research toward development of sustainable production systems, value of ecosystem services, adaptation to climate risk and adding value at the farm level to improve farmer's income."

Herren is president of the Millennium Institute, an international non-governmental organization that facilitates sustainable development. A Swiss entomologist, Herren received the 1995 World Food Prize for leading a major biological pest development campaign in Africa, successfully fighting the cassava mealy bug and averting a catastrophic food shortage.

The Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture at ISU collaborated with the University of Northern Iowa to also bring this international speaker to Cedar Falls while he is in Iowa. Herren's presentation will begin at 7 p.m. on Monday, April 8 in the CEEE Auditorium on the UNI campus at Cedar Falls.

Herren sees three major challenges in food systems facing the world today

Over the years, Herren's interests shifted toward integrated sustainable development, in particular, linking environmental, plant, animal and human health issues. Herren points to three major challenges in food systems: finding solutions to sustainable productivity, feeding a growing global population and rising food prices.

The Millennium Institute's president since May 2005, Herren previously was director-general of the International Center for Insect Physiology and Ecology in Nairobi, Kenya. He also served as director of the Africa Biological Control Center of International Institute of Tropical Agriculture in Benin. Herren is the recipient of numerous awards that recognize his distinguished and continuing achievements in original research, including election to the U.S. National Academy of Sciences and to the Academy of Sciences of the Developing World.

Herren's presentation is co-sponsored by the Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture and the Committee on Lectures, which is funded by the Government of the Student Body. More information on ISU lectures is available online or by calling 515-294-9935.

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