Creating a More Ethical and Sustainable Agricultural System

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Creating a More Ethical and Sustainable Agricultural System

Agriculture is one of the oldest, and arguably the most important, industries. While our modern global agricultural system is capable of creating immense amounts of food to feed an ever-growing world population, in many ways it falls short. Poor distribution and misaligned incentives lead to both food waste and food insecurity. The shift in monoculture is destroying biodiversity of crops, making our system fragile to fungi and disease. And last, but not least, the agricultural system is accountable for roughly one-quarter of the world’s total greenhouse gas emissions. Kaushik Kappagantulu ’17BUS, co-founder and CEO of Kheyti; and Scott T. Weathers, senior policy specialist at The Good Food Institute, discussed how we are rising to meet these challenges to move towards a more ethical and sustainable agricultural system. This session was moderated by Sara Tjossem, senior lecturer at Columbia University | SIPA.