Sustainable Ag Lecture Series, Winter 2011
Each term, the Center for Sustainability hosts a free public lecture and/or event highlighting topics in sustainable agriculture, food or resource management.
Climate Change & California Agriculture: Impacts & Opportunities
Executive Director of the
California Climate & Agriculture Network
Thursday, February 17
11:00 AM - 12:30 PM Room 186-C302
California agriculture is uniquely vulnerable to the impacts of climate change, including increased water scarcity, shifting pest and disease pressures, livestock stress, and erratic and intensified weather events. While farming and ranching don't contribute significantly to greenhouse gas emissions, sustainable farming practices have the potential to decrease the sectors emissions and sequester carbon in the soil and woody plants. This presentation will provide an overview of both the expected impacts of climate change on agriculture and the contributions sustainable farming and ranching can make to climate protection. Current policy initiatives to support agricultural adaptation and climate change mitigation will also be summarized.
Renata Brillinger is the Executive Director of the California Climate and Agriculture Network (CalCAN). Renata has fifteen years of experience in the non-profit sector addressing food policy, farm-to-school programs, and sustainable agriculture education and advocacy. CalCAN is a collaboration of Californias leading sustainable agriculture organizations and allies advocating for policy solutions at the nexus of climate change and agriculture. CalCAN cultivates farmer leadership to face the challenges of climate change and to serve as the sustainable agriculture voice on climate change policy in California. More information on CalCAN is available at www.calclimateag.org.