Monday, October 20, 2008

Sustainable Agriculture Leader Visits Fayetteville

The LL.M. Program was pleased to co-host an informal discussion of sustainable agriculture in honor of Dr. Fred Kirschenmann who was in Fayetteville as a visitor of the Center for Applied Sustainability.

Dr. Kirschenmann is a recognized leader in national and international sustainable agriculture. He serves as a Distinguished Fellow for the Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture at Iowa State University (ISU) and as President of Stone Barns Center for Food and Agriculture in Pocantico Hills, New York. He continues to be actively involved in the management of his family’s 3,500-acre certiļ¬ed organic farm in south central North Dakota. This farm was the subject of the 1995 award winning film, My Father's Garden by Miranda Productions. LL.M. candidates in the Graduate Program in Agricultural Law have fewed this film as part of their Agricultural Perspectives course, a course that delves into agricultural social history and ethics.

Dr. Kirschenmann holds a doctorate in philosophy from the University of Chicago and has written extensively about ethics and agriculture. He has held numerous appointments, including the USDA’s National Organic Standards Board and most recently, the National Commission on Industrial Farm Animal Production operated by the Johns Hopkins School of Public Health and funded by Pew Charitable Trusts.

The event was organized by the National Center for Appropriate Technology, and other co-sponsors were the National Agricultural Law Center, The Southern Sustainable Agriculture Working Group, Ozark Slow Food.

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