Colorado State experts discuss whether organic agriculture can feed the world

FORT COLLINS — Experts from Colorado State University’s College of Agricultural Sciences and College of Health and Human Sciences will take on a thorny issue at the next Managing the Planet panel discussion, “Organic Agriculture: A Complement or Competitor to Conventional Methods for Sustainably Feeding the World?”, Nov. 12, 5-6:30 p.m., at Avogadro’s Number, 605. S. Mason St.

The rise in popularity of organic food and products has sparked a debate in the world of agriculture. Some believe that with rising populations the only possible way to feed the world is through conventional agricultural techniques. Others believe that organic agriculture will be able to produce enough food for everyone. Will one method allow us to feed the world more responsibly than the other? Can the two methods be combined? 

The panel features professors Jessica Davis and Megan Schipanski from the Department of Soil and Crop Sciences, Gregory Graff of the Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics, and Garry Auld from the Department of Food Science and Nutrition. It will be moderated by Gene Kelly, chair of Soil and Crop Sciences and associate director for research and development for CSU’s School of Global Environmental Sustainability.

The panel is free and open to the public. The Managing the Planet series is presented by SoGES.

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