Our Deadly Nitrogen Addiction

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Presented by Mike Joy

Lectures, talks and seminars

IGPS Seminar Series

19th May 2017 12:30pm to 19th May 2017 1:30pm

Government Buildings LT3 (GBLT3)

Feeding a burgeoning population while keeping greenhouse gases at a safe level will require removing livestock from human food, amongst other measures.

The human population has reached a level far in excess of the ability of the planet to sustain it long-term through using synthetic nitrogen. The ‘green revolution’ was driven by a massive increase in fossil energy in food production; this one-off subsidy from the past is close to its end as the easy energy pickings diminish. To be able to feed the burgeoning population without fossil fuels and keep greenhouse gas emissions at a safe level will require removing livestock from human food and reducing transporting and processing food. This change will have many human and ecological health benefits. The talk is based a soon to be published chapter in the Land and Food Annual 2017 Massey University Press.

Please RSVP to igps@vuw.ac.nz

For more information contact: Maggy Hope

Speaker Bios

Mike Joy BSc, MSc (1st class hons), PhD in Ecology is a Senior Lecturer in Ecology and Environmental Science at the Ecology group-Institute of Agriculture and Environment Massey University Palmerston North. He researches and teaches freshwater ecology, especially freshwater fish ecology and distribution, ecological modelling bioassessment and environmental science. He has and continues to supervise many Masters and PhD students doing research into freshwater ecology, with topics from native fish ecology to farmers’ attitudes to sustainability.