The 5th Ohio State Environmental Film Series is underway, with screenings at 151 W. Woodruff in CBEC Room 130 at 7 PM (free pizza and beverages at 6:30). The February 25, 2020 event features the 2019 Soil Health Institute's documentary, Living Soil, which "showcases innovative farmers who enrich their soils to enhance life on Earth". It emphasizes the role soil health plays in water quality management.
Along with the 60-minute film, there will be two extraordinary discussion leaders -- two people who are national and world thought leaders on agriculture, soils, and climate.
Rattan Lal is a Distinguished University Professor of Soil Science and Director of the SENR Carbon Management and Sequestration Center. A recipient in 2019 of the Japan Prize, Lal, whose career in science spans five decades and five continents, was honored for his research on sustainable soil management and its role in improving global food security and mitigating climate change. After the film Lal will present on how soils and soil health and agriculture can be a significant part of solutions to global warming.
Also presenting briefly and joining the discussion will be Plain City, Ohio farmer and businessman, Fred Yoder. On his own grain farm and through crop management advice to other farmers, Yoder has demonstrated how practices that improve soil health can improve yields and profit, and improve water quality and sequester carbon. Yoder and Lal believe government, NGO, and corporate programs dealing with climate should support measures that implement soil health crop management on farms. Yoder is Chair of the North American Climate Smart Agriculture Alliance and co-chair of Solutions from the Land.
Both Lal and Yoder have participated in United Nations climate change conferences, e.g. most recently in Warsaw and Madrid. Don't miss this chance to learn about ways soils and agriculture can help deal with two of society's most pressing problems -- water quality and climate change. And hear from our very own local experts who are active in efforts nationally and internationally.