On Monday, Oct. 28, at 6 p.m. the Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory, The Nature Conservancy, North Country Garden Club, North Shore Land Alliance, St. John’s Church (Cold Spring Harbor) and Three Harbors Club will host Food and Climate: The Way Forward, a lecture and panel discussion featuring an array of industry experts. Scientists have found that compounded climate factors like changes in precipitation patterns and increases in temperatures may decrease plant productivity, affect the health and quality of crops and more. Agriculture and climate change are inextricably linked. According to the latest research, agriculture is responsible for approximately 8 percent of total greenhouse gas emissions, making it one of the leading carbon-emitting industries in the world and therefore a major contributor to climate change.
“Day after day we are hearing more and more about the serious and timely impacts of climate change,” said Lisa Ott, Land Alliance president and CEO. “Learning about the issues and the proactive steps we can take to mitigate the impacts is an important part of the solution.”
Dr. Bruce Stillman, president and CEO of Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory, and Katy Kinsolving, food writer and cooking teacher working in climate change education and co-founder of C-Change Conversations, will kick off the evening with an introduction and general presentation followed by a panel discussion featuring experts Peter Lehner, director of the Sustainable Food and Farming Program at Earthjustice; Rebecca Benner, New York Director of Conservation and Science at The Nature Conservancy; and Doreen Ware from the U.S. Department of Agriculture and adjunct professor at Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory. Ott will moderate. Panelists will discuss a variety of subjects including soil health, extreme weather and farming systems and options and approaches to reducing agriculture’s impact on climate change.
The event will be held in The Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory’s Grace Auditorium, located at 1 Bungtown Rd., Cold Spring Harbor. This event is free and open to the public, however, registration is required. Register online by Oct. 25 by visiting www.northshorelandalliance.org/event/food-and-climate-the-way-forward. Light refreshments will be served.