Renowned sustainability expert to speak at CC

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Wes Jackson, director of the Land Institute, will discuss “The Necessity and Possibility of an Agriculture where Nature is the Measure” at 6 p.m. April 27 in the Gates Common Room in Palmer Hall at Colorado College.

Life magazine named Jackson one of 18 individuals it predicts will be among the 100 “important Americans of the 20th century.” Jackson established the environmental studies program at California State University-Sacramento, where he became a tenured full professor. He left that position to found the Land Institute in 1976.

The Land Institute, based in Salina, Kan., strives to develop an agricultural system with the ecological stability of the prairie and a grain yield comparable to that from annual crops. The institute focuses on research, publishing, educating and hosting experts and scientists.

In his writing and frequent lectures, Jackson explores the intersection of science and society, agronomy and ecology, culture and politics. “Agriculture had its beginning 10,000 years ago,” says Jackson. “What were the ecosystems like 10,000 years ago, after the retreat of the ice? & Is it possible that embedded in nature’s economy are suggestions for a human economy in which conservation is a consequence of production?”

The presentation is this year’s Timothy Linnemann Memorial Lecture, an annual CC event devoted to environmental science topics. It is free and open to the public. Call (719) 389-6607 for information or directions.