Conventional agriculture is producing more and more. But it’s not meeting important sustainability targets. Alternative methods are better at reaching environmental and socioeconomic goals. But none of the methods can, on their own, supply enough food for the growing global population or ensure a sustainable ecosystem. How can modern biotechnology help development?
What does the desired mix of production methods look like? Internationally renowned researcher, Professor John Reganold of Washington State University, will answer this question from an international perspective when he speaks on Organic compared to conventional agriculture in the twenty-first century. His conclusion after a thorough review of the research is that what we need is a combination of organic and other innovative agricultural systems in order to feed the Earth’s growing population in a sustainable way.
Plant breeding today is leading to new crops with a higher yield, better quality and greater resistance to disease and pests. How can modern biotechnology help development? What role can it play in sustainable agriculture? Professor Stefan Jansson, Umeå University, gives some answers based on current research.
How sustainable is Swedish agriculture today? And where might we be in 2030? Professor Lars Andersson, Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, summarises the current status and future scenarios.
The organic milk cooperative Sju gårdar in Uppland is a current example of organic farming and locally-produced milk. One of the initiators, Elisabeth Gauffin, the former Vice Chairman of LRF, provides some background on the company’s success and how they met different sustainability challenges.
The seminar, which will be held in English, is a joint arrangement by IVA’s Biotechnology division and the Royal Swedish Academy of Agriculture and Forestry (KSLA).