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For Immediate Release

Leslie Weddell
(719) 389-6038


Lecture is third in “Food and Agriculture in the Rockies” series

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – Oct. 20, 2009 – Dr. Rosamond Naylor will discuss “Where’s the Beef? Trade-offs Between Grass-fed and Industrial Livestock” in the third installment of the State of the Rockies Speaker Series: Food and Agriculture in the Rockies. Her lecture, which will focus on the global and regional impacts of industrial agriculture, will be held at 7 p.m., Monday, Nov. 2 in the Gates Common Room, third floor of Palmer Hall, 1025 N. Cascade Ave., on the Colorado College campus. The event is free and open to the public.

Naylor is the director of the Program on Food Security and the Environment and the William Wrigley Senior Fellow at the Freeman-Spogli Institute for International Studies and the Woods Institute of the Environment at Stanford University. Her research focuses on the environmental and equity dimensions of intensive crop, livestock and fish production worldwide.

She also is a professor of environmental earth systems science at Stanford, where she is on the faculty of the Interdisciplinary Ph.D. Program in Environment and Resources (IPER) and teaches courses on the world food economy, sustainable agriculture, earth systems science and climate and agriculture. She was named Fellow in the Aldo Leopold Leadership Program in Environmental Sciences in 1999 and Pew Fellow in Conservation and the Environment in 1994.

Naylor has authored numerous interdisciplinary science and policy papers focusing on climate impacts on agriculture, nutrient wastes from animal and crop production, ecosystem impacts of marine aquaculture and agricultural technology. She also writes in the food policy and security fields, and contributes to legislative process in California, as well as at the federal level.

The 2009-10 State of the Rockies Speaker Series brings together students, community and agricultural experts to learn about food and agriculture issues on the local and global scale. The lectures occur once each block, and run from September 2009 through February 2010.

Additional upcoming lectures in the series include:

  • Jan.25, 2010: Richard Manning, award-winning journalist and author of eight books and numerous articles, including “The Oil We Eat” in Harp­ers (February 2004); Against the Grain: How Agriculture Has Hijacked Civilization (North Point Press, 2004) and Rewilding the West: Restoration in a Prairie Landscape (University of California Press, 2009). He also serves as a senior research associate at the National Native Children’s Trauma Center, University of Montana.
  • Feb. 22, 2010: Dr. Bonnie Lynn-Sherow, is associate professor of history at Kansas State University. Her research and teaching have focused primarily on the history of different peoples’ interactions with the rural environment of the American West. Specifically, she has researched and written on the ways in which western industrial agricultural practices have shaped and simplified ecological systems and their consequences for various human communities.

For information, directions or disability accommodation at the event, members of the public may call (719) 389-6607.

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