brown bag seminar

A critical look at food security strategies

Presentation by Joern Fischer, 13 October 2016


Ensuring food security and halting biodiversity decline are two of the most urgent challenges facing humanity in the 21st century. Drawing on both the natural and social sciences, we are implementing an interdisciplinary research agenda to address these challenges. Our goal is to explain which properties of social-ecological systems benefit both biodiversity conservation and food security (and which may benefit one but not the other). Such a systems-oriented approach radically differs from existing work: Especially in the natural sciences, the most prominent framing at present focuses on the question how to increase agricultural yields without compromising biodiversity.

FiThis talk takes a critical perspective on ideas such as "sustainable intensification" and "land sparing", and gives a short overview of current research by a group of scientists at Leuphana University Lueneburg.

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Prof. Joern Fischer is professor of sustainable landscapes at the Institute for Ecology at Leuphana University Lueneburg. His interdisciplinary activities combine landscape ecology, research of ecosystems and biodiversity as well as ecosystem services.

Read more about Joern Fishcer here


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