World-renowned conservation scientist Gary Nabhan will give the Platt lecture at Emory & Henry College Oct. 30 at 7:30 p.m. in Wiley Auditorium. The lecture is free to the public.
Nabhan, a longtime pioneer and creative force in the local food movement and seed-saving community, has been a recipient of a MacArthur Fellowship and numerous other internationally known awards. He has been featured in publications including Utne Reader, Mother Earth News, The New York Times, and Time Magazine. Author of 26 books, he is perhaps best known as a proponent of conserving the links between biodiversity and cultural diversity.
Nabhan’s lecture for the event is titled “Conservation You Can Eat: Heritage Food Recovery Over the Last Quarter Century.”
“While global trade now moves only one hundred crop and livestock species around the world to feed a billion people, alternative food networks in the U.S. utilize more than 460 species, including more than 15,000 varieties of cultivated seeds and managed livestock breeds,” Nabhan says. “The food relocalization movement has brought thousands of these back from extinction and onto our tables — ‘conservation you can taste.’ "
His talk will outline the success stories of recovering several once-rare crops and livestock breeds, suggest best practices for recovering others, and discuss challenges such as climate change that lie ahead.
As the W.K. Kellogg Endowed Chair in Sustainable Food Systems at the University of Arizona Southwest Center, Nabhan currently works with students, faculty and non-profits to build a more just, nutritious, sustainable and climate-resilient food shed spanning the U.S . /Mexico border. He was among the earliest researchers to promote the use of native foods in preventing diabetes, especially in his role as a co-founder and researcher with Native Seeds/SEARCH. Gary is also an orchard-keeper, wild foods forager, and pollinator habitat restorationist, working from his small farm in Patagonia, Arizona, near the Mexican border.
His lecture will be followed by a book signing. Call 276 944-6727 for more information.