The Future of Agriculture: Rebounding Nature
For 10,000 years, growing more food required more land. That may no longer be true. Innovations in technology now enable farmers to grow more food on less land. At the same time, the world now produces a huge surplus of calories and protein. Rather than producing hamburgers, ethanol, and obesity, could this surplus be harnessed to return land to nature?
The National Museum of Natural History (NMNH) and Resources for the Future (RFF) invite you to join Jesse Ausubel, Director and Senior Research Associate of the Program for the Human Environment at Rockefeller University, for a look into the future as he explores how precision agriculture and better sources of food and fuel can benefit the natural world.
Ausubel's work covers forests and farms, marine and human life, as well as energy and materials. He marries climate and Earth sciences to elaborate the vision of a large, prosperous society that spares large amounts of land and sea for nature and emits little or nothing harmful into the atmosphere.
See more programs in this series: Anthropocene: Life in the Age of Humans.