The theme of the 2014 Symposium in Human Needs and Global Resources sponsored by the John Deere Foundation was From the Ground Up: Social Movements and Soil Improvement and focused on the factors that start, spread, stifle, and transform initiatives to conserve and improve soils. The 2014 Symposium was held on February 27-28.
Speakers included Craig Sorley, an environmental missionary from Kenya who was named among TIME magazine’s 2008 Heroes of the Environment; Sarah-Lan Mathez-Stiefel, Executive Director of A Rocha Peru; and Prof Norman Uphoff, Director of the Cornell University Institute for Public Affairs, and Professor of Government and International Agriculture. Additional speakers included a panel of growers including the Chicago urban farmers who grow food for Wheaton College’s own cafeteria.
Video recordings of all the symposium events are now available on WETN.