Sustainable agriculture expert to speak at CSU Stanislaus on April 2

Dr. Miguel Altieri, an agroecology expert from UC Berkeley, will speak about sustainable agriculture as a productive and natural resource preserving process at California State University, Stanislaus on Wednesday, April 2. Part of the CSU Stanislaus Agricultural Studies speaker series sponsored by Yosemite Farm Credit, the program is scheduled for 6 p.m. in the Faculty Development Center.

"Challenges and Opportunities for a Sustainable Agriculture in the 21st Century" is the title of Altier's talk. The program is free and open to the public.

A member of UC Berkeley's Department of Environmental Science, Policy, and Management, Dr. Altieri works with a number of universities, non-governmental organizations, and research centers in Africa, Asia, and Latin America to promote research, training, and capacity-building in agroecology and sustainable agriculture.

Altieri uses concepts of agroecology to study, design, manage, and evaluate sustainable agroecosystems that are both productive and natural resource conserving. "The contemporary challenges of agriculture have evolved from the merely technical to also include social, cultural, economic, and particularly environmental concerns," Altieri said. "In this light, a new technological and development approach is needed to provide for the agricultural needs of present and future generations without depleting our natural resource base."

For more information, contact the University's Agricultural Studies Department at (209) 664-6648.