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Wes Jackson: The Complete State Theatre VideoPrint

Food & Farming | June 11, 2010 | By Glenn Puit

Wes Jackson explained to a big State Theatre audience that developing perennial crops can protect the soil, the climate, and farmers’ bottom lines. Photo by Caroline Farm Stewards

Wes Jackson is a nationally renowned pioneer in American agriculture. That is why we recently presented Mr. Jacksons at the State Theater, in Traverse City, and why his appearance attracted approximately 350 very interested people.

He presented a fascinating talk about his distinctively unorthodox views, which include using perennial, not annual grains for crop production. Wes pointed out that the practice, if perfected, would greatly reduces the damage to soil caused by traditional plowing and planting methods.

He also said it would sharply cut petroleum-based fertilizer and fuel consumption, two major costs to farmers and the environment.

Before he spoke, we expected Mr. Jackson would provide an interesting, thought-provoking night at the State. He did not disappoint us, receiving a standing ovation after his presentation, and attracting a standing room only crowd for his follow-up presentation a few days later.

In fact, the positive response we heard at MLUI regarding Mr. Jackson’s State Theatre appearance was so strong that we’ve posted a video of his entire presentation from that night.

You can watch it by clicking here.

Glenn Puit is a policy specialist for the Michigan Land Use Institute. Reach him at glenn@mlui.org.