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Three-Part Agriculture Discussion

PASA and Academy of Natural Sciences: Issues Surrounding Food and its Production

Here in Philadelphia, we’re privy to some of the best, freshest, hippest eats on the planet; sometimes, however, we neglect to think past the plate in front of us. The truth is, feeding the masses leaves an enormous footprint—agriculture, although necessary, can have devastating effects on our natural resources, and vice versa.

Luckily, The Academy of Natural Sciences and the Pennsylvania Association for Sustainable Agriculture (PASA) are joining forces for the greater good. In a three-part series, hosted at the Academy, guest speakers will discuss the changing face of agriculture.

The first part of the series will feature farmers, scientists and other experts, who will discuss the impacts of Marcellus Shale drilling on Pennsylvania’s food shed. Although it’s a lucrative practice, natural gas drilling has devastating effects on communities and environments. At the forum, the possible effects of the sensitive issue will be discussed. The forum will be held at 6pm in the auditorium of the Academy of Natural Sciences on March 22.

Following the first discussion, experts will host a presentation addressing the changing face of agriculture. The days of horse plows are no more—big shiny machinery makes turning, fertilizing and watering soil ten times easier than in the 1800s. However, the expanded farming practices have expanded the number of adverse effects on the planet. Local leaders will discuss new sustainable farming practices, permaculture and trends in urban agriculture. The discussion will be held at 6pm in the auditorium of the Academy of Natural Sciences on April 28.

Lastly, experts will discuss local food and food safety. Because of strict guidelines, largely targeting mass food producers, local farmers have a difficult time sharing their produce. The presentation will discuss the best ways to share local food safely. The discussion will be held at 6pm in the auditorium of the Academy of Natural Sciences on May 23.

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