Wildlife, People, and Food Production:
A Bold Vision for the Future
by Chuck Francis, Ali Loker, and Wally Graeber — University of Nebraska - Lincoln
Thursday, August 13, 7:00 p.m.
via Zoom web conference (registration required)
Link to register:
Wachiska will continue to offer free monthly general meetings via Zoom for the foreseeable future as they have proven to be successful the first three months we have done so. Registration is required at the link above which can be copied and pasted directly into your browser. You can also visit Wachiska’s website and click on this link directly to register. You will receive a confirmation with the meeting number and password for this Thursday, August 13, program at 7:00 p.m.
Wachiska Past President and active chapter member Chuck Francis and two colleagues will explore how wildlife populations, human pressure on habitat, and the need for increased food are tied together. These compelling issues will require innovative solutions for the long term, while we struggle in the moment to solve the COVID-19 crisis. Birds and other wildlife species are losing habitat as we use land to meet human demands. Industrial agriculture removes diversity and supports a food system that produces a handful of commodity crops, a fraction of which are transformed into highly processed, cheap, and non-nutritious foods. We import 90 percent of the food we consume in Nebraska. Too often our most fertile soils are used for building houses with acres of lawns and creating new shopping malls in suburbia to replace others considered obsolete. This unsustainable land management strategy is costly to human health, destroys a balance between people and nature, and contributes significantly to climate change. As we encroach on wildlife habitats, the potential for pathogens to evolve and infect humans increases.
Chuck Francis is professor of agronomy and horticulture at UN-L where Ali Loker is a graduate student in the Doctor of Plant Health Program. Wally Graeber is a local food advocate on the boards of Open Harvest, Southern Heights Food Forest, and the Nebraska Sustainable Ag Society. He is also a co-leader of the Slow Food Network USA.
August Calendar of Events
August 3 Education Committee
Wachiska Office, 6:00 p.m.
August 10 Conservation Committee, 5:30 p.m.
via Zoom (check with Chairman)
August 11 Finance Committee
via Zoom, 5:30 p.m.
August 13 General Meeting video Zoom 7:00 p.m. (note required registration)
"Wildlife, People and Food Production"
August 15 Newsletter deadline, Wachiska office,
August 18 Board Meeting via Zoom teleconference,
7:00 p.m. (contact Theresa Pella for
meeting/password if you’re not a Board
member and want to attend)
The photos on this website were taken by Wachiska members. Many thanks to Bruce Wendorff,
Linda Brown, Paul Johnsguard, Tim Knott, Stu Luttich, John Carlini and Elizabeth Nelson.