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Environment / Sustainability

Professor speaks on agriculture as a provider of environmental services

February 21, 2011

Rick Knight, professor of Human Dimensions of Natural Resources in the Warner College of Natural Resources, participated in a panel discussion regarding agriculture as a provider of environmental services at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C., on Feb. 15.

Knight’s fellow panelists were Sara Lynch of World Wildlife Fund; A. G. Kawamura, former California Secretary of Agriculture and founder of Solutions for the Land project; and Curtis Watson, a Minnesota farmer who participates in a phosphorus trading program.

Environmental services encompass activities including ranching, farming and forestry on healthy, undeveloped public and private lands. Some of these services are the provision of food, potable waters, healthy soils, pollinators (imagine trying to grow food where we to lose our native pollinators and farmers had to hand-pollinate their food crops), food regulation, the proper composition of atmospheric gases, and many others.