Speaker to Describe Triple Bottom Line’ of Ag Policy

4/13/2013 7:00 AM

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — Given rising costs, a sluggish economy and a changing climate, these are uncertain times for those involved with food, agriculture and health.

David Wallinga will talk about the hidden opportunities in the midst of these challenges as part of the M.E. John Lecture Series, sponsored by the Department of Agricultural Economics, Sociology and Education in Penn State’s College of Agricultural Sciences.

The lecture will begin at 2:30 p.m. Friday, April 19, in 101 Agricultural Sciences and Industries Building on the University Park campus.

Wallinga is senior adviser in science, food and health at the Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy in Minneapolis.

His lecture is titled “Growing Health: A Vision for U.S. Food and Agriculture Policy.”

Wallinga argues that the food system, and the agricultural ecosystem on which it depends, face issues related to climate change, fossil-fuel reliance and uneven economic development.

He will describe a new, science-based vision of ecological public health, based on the premise of a “triple bottom line.” This emerging concept envisions not only improved public health, but also ecosystem resilience and more robust long-term economic health.

A physician who has worked on food and agricultural policy issues for 16 years, Wallinga also will talk about the promises and challenges this emerging vision presents for the modern-day, land-grant university.

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