Posted by: slowfoodboone | April 4, 2011

Join Us for Potluck and Discussion on Agroecology April 17th

Could Agroecology Save our Bees?

Learn More at Free Lecture, Sunday, April 17th

If you attended the recent showing of Vanishing of the Bees, you are well aware that there are many factors causing colony collapse disorder, which has killed off one third of the honey bee population throughout the world. One in every three bites of food we eat is the direct result of honeybee pollination.

Ecology is the scientific study of the relation of living organisms with each other and their surroundings. Throw agriculture into that study and you have agroecology. Of course, the relationship between bees and food is intricately meshed.

Agroecology promotes secure and sustainable food systems. Methods from natural and social sciences are integrated to deal with the complex challenges of meeting human food needs in a resource-efficient manner that is economically sound, environmentally benign and socially acceptable.

On Sunday, April 17th at 4:30 p.m. at the Agricultural Conference Center, 252 Poplar Grove Rd., professors from the Agroecology program will share their perspectives on sustainable agriculture.  The public is invited to this free event, sponsored by Slow Food Boone-High Country. A potluck dinner will immediately follow. Information will also be shared about the sustainable development farm that was recently donated to Appalachian State University. ASU offers a B.S. degree in Agroecology through the Sustainable Development program, which has exploded in popularity.

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