Visiting Lecturer to Discuss Challenges and Opportunities for Feeding a Growing Population on a Warming Planet

Dr. Paul West

Dr. Paul West, co-director and lead scientist of the Global Landscapes Initiative at the University of Minnesota’s Institute on the Environment, will deliver “Sustainably Feeding a Growing Population on a Warming Planet” at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 26, at the Museum of the Rockies. Light refreshments will be served prior to the talk. The event is free and open to the public as part of the Montana Institute on EcosystemsDistinguished Visiting Lecturer Series.

How food is grown and what humans eat have profound impacts on health, water, biodiversity, and climate, West said. Challenges from increasing population, stagnating yields, changing diets and environmental degradation are all exacerbated by a warmer, more variable climate, he added. West will address how sustainably feeding a growing population on a warming planet requires transforming the global food system, including key steps for increasing food security and reducing agriculture’s environmental impact. West said that targeting policies and management practices will help people grow more food, improve the environment and adapt to a changing climate.

West’s research develops solutions for increasing global food security while decreasing the negative effects of agriculture on water, climate, and biodiversity. His research has been published in leading journals, including Nature, Science, and Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

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