Farm to Globe: Transforming Our Food Systems presents:
Mobilizing Industry to Make a Difference
Many of us are doing our best to lower our impact on the planet – taking shorter showers, bringing a reusable cup, supporting local and much more. However, in order to make a big difference in the climate crisis we need to move beyond individual efforts and mobilize our industries to make positive change. The second episode in our mini series on climate change will explore ways in which we can encourage the agricultural and agroforestry industries to join the fight. Our panelists Serena Black and Andy Midwood will discuss where we are at with our climate mitigation goals and what needs to be done to move us forward.
About the Presenters
Serena Black is an Agriculture Extension Specialist with UNBC and a Science Research Specialist with Industrial Forestry Service. She is currently the chair of the steering committee of the BC Agricultural Climate Adaptation Research Network. She is also the Manager for the BC Forage Council and the Coordinator of the Cariboo Agricultural Research Alliance. Her climate change research is focused primarily on soil quality, forage productivity, and extension.
Andy Midwood is the Senior Soil Scientist at Terramera Inc. and has a research background. Prior to joining Terramera he worked at UBC in Kelowna and before that, the James Hutton Research Institute in Scotland. The central theme to Andy’s work has been building an understanding of soil carbon, what controls its accumulation and how to prevent its loss. He was recently involved in a study to examine the influence of irrigation on soil carbon in the Okanagan Valley. Over his career Andy has worked in a range of different systems throughout the world, both managed and natural. At Terramera, he is focused on developing new, low costs means to measure soil organic carbon at a field scale, with a view to unlocking carbon markets for the farming community.
Amy Norgaard is a research assistant in the Sustainable Agricultural Landscapes (SAL) lab, UBC, working on a greenhouse gas opportunity assessment for the agriculture sector in BC. She completed her MSc in Soil Science in the SAL lab in October 2020; the goal of her MSc research was to help improve nutrient management on organic vegetable farms to balance crop production with environmental stewardship. She is a Professional Agrologist and teaches sustainable soil management with the KPU – Tsawwassen First Nation Farm School, KPU Richmond Farm School, and the UBC Farm Practicum. She also works with ES Crop Consult to offer nutrient management services to farmers in the lower Fraser Valley.
The Farm to Globe: Transforming Our Food Systems series is brought to you by the Centre for Sustainable Food Systems (CSFS), the BC Food Web, the Faculty of Land and Food Systems (LFS), and the Royal Bank of Canada. This webinar series focuses on what needs fixing in our food systems and the innovative solutions which could affect change for the better.