Center staff regularly conduct educational activities. These typically describe the impacts of industrial agricultural practices on the environment, as well as the opportunities for—and obstacles to—responding to those impacts through law and policy. Public presentations and convening activities include:
Inuit Circumpolar Council Alaska, Food Sovereignty and Self-Governance: Inuit Role in Managing Arctic Marine Resources (September 2020).
"Getting to the Meat of the Matter," ELI Vibrant Environment Blog (June 2020).
Most agricultural production involves large-scale operations, substantial inputs of fertilizer and pesticides, and the intensive confinement of animals. Long viewed as a triumph of technology over the natural limitations placed on farmers by pests, weather, and the biology of plants and animals themselves, the agricultural sector today also imposes very real social costs in the form of pollution and other undesirable impacts. Society has encouraged high levels of agricultural production through federal taxpayer subsidies.