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Food values research group seminar

Sep 25, 10:00 am - 11:00 pm


This webinar may be of interest to members of the Waite community.

Biodiversity and Intensive Agriculture: Determining the Landscape for Win-Win Outcomes.

The Food Values Research Group’s September 2020 seminar features Assistant Professor Beckett Sterner, School of Life Sciences, Arizona State University. The Webinar will take place on the 25th of September, 10am to 11am.

To attend, please RSVP via email to foodresearch@adelaide.edu.au.

This presentation is inspired by my participation in a recent collaborative grant proposal to Bayer, one of the largest global agricultural companies, which asked for a synthesis of scientific evidence addressing whether practices such as habitat creation and cover crops can produce win-win outcomes for farmers and biodiversity. The experience raised interesting questions for me about doing philosophy of science in practice at the intersection of science, policy, and for-profit business, which I’m hoping to explore in the discussion. The readings provide some background on Bayer’s position on biodiversity  and its work applying data-intensive modeling  in the FieldView project to make individualized predictions about farming outcomes. In the talk, I’ll provide a framing for how to engage based on analyzing the concept of a “win-win outcome” and how scientific research can contribute to the breadth and rigor of mutually beneficial changes to intensive agriculture for biodiversity and farmers.

Asst Prof Beckett Sterner

School of Life Sciences, Arizona State University


Sep 25
10:00 am - 11:00 pm
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