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Keynote
19:00 - 20:00 GMT
Sunday, 10 January

Perilous Bounty: How the US Model of Industrial Farming Threatens the Global Food Commons

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19:00 - 20:00 GMT
Sunday, 10 January

Perilous Bounty: How the US Model of Industrial Farming Threatens the Global Food Commons

In his talk, Tom Philpott will discuss his new book The Looming Collapse of American Farming and How We Can Prevent It, which argues that the US model of chemical-intensive, regionally concentrated agriculture is undermining the ecologies the two main places where it alights: the California Central Valley and the corn belt, centered around Iowa. He’ll put the argument in a global context, explaining that the same set of transnational meat, grain-trading, and seed/pesticide companies that dominate US farming also are also prevalent in other global commodity-production nodes—Argentina, Brazil, Ukraine—placing farmers in a cutthroat competition that can only be won by the companies themselves, at the expense of these crucial ecologies and ultimately global food security. 

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