March 22, 2005


LEWISBURG, Pa. — John Ikerd, an agricultural economist from the University of Missouri, will examine sustainable food economics in the final session of Bucknell's Science, Technology and Society Series.

The discussion, "Restoring Integrity to Food: Ecologically, Socially and Emotionally," will be held Tuesday, April 5, at 7:30 p.m. in the Forum of the Elaine Langone Center. It is open to the public without charge.

Ikerd was raised on a small dairy farm in southwest Missouri and received his bachelor's, master's and doctorate degrees in agricultural economics from the University of Missouri.

He worked in extension agricultural economics positions at North Carolina State University from 1970-76 and Oklahoma State University from 1976-84. He was head of Extension Agricultural Economics at the University of Georgia from 1984-89, after which he returned to the University of Missouri to provide state and national leadership for research and education programs related to sustainable agriculture.

Since retiring to emeritus status in 2000, Ikerd has been writing and speaking on issues of sustainable agriculture. He has authored numerous articles and book chapters and is working on a book on the topic.

"The distinguished speakers in this series have brought a variety of experiences and perspectives to the questions surrounding the production and distribution of food," said Kim Daubman, faculty coordinator for the series and associate professor of psychology.

"The final speaker will ask us to look toward the future and argue that the growing sustainable agriculture movement is our best hope for restoring integrity to the food system," she said.

Part of the Science, Technology and Society Colloquium, the talk is co-sponsored by Bucknell's Office of Academic Affairs; the Dean of Students Office; the departments of economics, geography, sociology and anthropology, religion, and philosophy; the International Relations Program; the Environmental Studies Program; and the Residential College Program including Environmental College, Global College, Social Justice College, and Technology and Society College.

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