Summary: Conservation Agriculture and its Role in Soil Health, Sustainable Food Production and Food Security.
A topical lunch on October 4th
2010 was held on the above topic. After introductions, Peter Hobbs briefly
explained what soil health and conservation agriculture was from an agronomist's point of view. This
was followed by a brief description of the CA web site by Lucy Fisher
http://conservationagriculture.mannlib.cornell.edu/ Erika Steiger also described her participation at the
World Congress on Conservation Agriculture held in Brisbane last week. The topic was then opened
for discussion on ways to get a Cornell community more involved in the larger picture of sustainable
land management to meet future food security needs.
There were several good comments made during the short discussion. Bernd Blossey felt the topic was
too narrow to interest his environmental and larger scale research. But this means that there is a need
to develop an umbrella group to encourage synergies between disciplines to better address the future
challenges of feeding a population that is way bigger than nature ever intended. Sustainable Land
Management will need involvement of soil science, agronomy, plant pathology, natural resource
management, ecology, economics, climatology, sociology and other disciplines that we have at Cornell.
We also need to link with outside agencies in the USA but also overseas.