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UWFox Scholars Series Offers Presentation ‘Reconnecting with the Earth’

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The University of Wisconsin-Fox Valley Scholars Series continues its Spring 2009 schedule on Monday, April 20, with an “Earth Week” related theme.  Dr. John Ikerd, professor Emeritus of Agricultural Economics at the University of Missouri-Columbia, is presenting, “Reconnecting with the Earth: Healthy Farms, Healthy Foods, and Healthy Communities. Ikerd’s presentation is in room #1229 from noon to 1:00 p.m.Dr. John Ikerd

Ikerd will be speaking about developing the conceptual foundation for an economically viable, ecologically sound, and socially responsible society. In his presentation, Ikerd explains how "we are all interconnected," and that "we are made of the same molecules that make up all things on Earth."

 He explains, "The energy that gives us life is the same energy that supports all life on earth. Primitive civilizations understood these truths. Modern societies have gradually come to ignore them. The crises that confront us today – environmental, social, and economic – are direct consequences of our lack of appreciation and respect for our interdependence with the earth. The environmental and social justice movements of the 1960's were sparked by a felt need to reconnect with the earth and with each other. The natural, organic, and local foods movements of today are being driven by this same basic need to reconnect. To restore health to our economy we must restore health to our society. To restore health to society, we must restore health to the earth. Economies, societies, communities, people, foods, farms, soil, and earth - all are parts of the same interdependent whole. We can’t restore health to one without restoring health to the whole. Since we all eat, restoring health to our farms, foods, and communities seems a good place to start."

Ikerd is the author of, “Sustainable Capitalism: A Matter of Common Sense;” “Small Farms are Real Farms: Sustaining People Through Agriculture;” “Return to Common Sense;” and “Crisis and Opportunity: Sustainability in American Agriculture.”

The UWFox Scholars Series is free and open to the public, with unreserved seating available. For more information, contact the UWFox University Relations office, at 920-832-2611 or visit www.uwfox.uwc.edu.


Posted 04/17/2009