PrecisionAg Professional Plenary Session
Wed, Jul 18, 2018
10:40am to 11:30am
The decades long discussion about sustainable agriculture has evolved beyond its dogmatic early definitions towards a more science-based approach focused on measurable “outcomes” for important categories like the efficient use of land, water and other resources and the minimization of “footprints” such as those for energy and greenhouse gases as well as off-site movement of nutrients etc. There are several “multi-stakeholder” groups involved in this process including producer groups, food companies and retailers, environmental NGOs and technology players. Writer and speaker Steve Savage will talk about where consensus is building about sustainable best-practices and what challenges remain for the implementation and consumer communication of these ideas.
Steve Savage has worked with various aspects of agricultural technology for more than 35 years. Steve was an undergraduate at Stanford and then completed an M.S. and Ph.D. in Plant Pathology at the University of California, Davis. He has worked for Colorado State University, in fungicide discovery at DuPont, and at the bio-control start-up, Mycogen. Since 1996 Savage has been an independent consultant working with a wide variety of clients on topics including biological control, biotechnology, crop protection chemicals, crop genetics, post-harvest waste reduction, sustainability metrics, biofuels, and soil health. Since 2009 Steve has also been active as a writer and speaker on food and agriculture topics (Applied Mythology blog). Since 2015 he has been an invited Contributor for Forbes and since 2016 a part time Crop Protection Benefits communicator for the non-profit, CropLife Foundation for which he does a bi-weekly podcast called POPAgriculture.