.On Thursday, April 22, 2010, the Morrisville State College Science, Technology and Society (STS) program will present its fourth annual symposium, this year entitled "Agricultural Acts: On the Futures of Farming and Food." The symposium brings together the various elements of the debates on farming and food in order to take an interdisciplinary look at our collective food and farming futures. The title is taken from a Wendell Berry quote, which states that “eating is an agricultural act.”
The symposium engages current technological trajectories exploring modes of producing food: e.g., genetic modification vs. heirloom varieties (plants and animals); organic vs. conventional farming. Combining technical explanation with tours of existing facilities and nearby farms, interested groups can see the kinds of agricultural practices in use in central New York. Additionally, a local food network will be represented, along with other local ag-based businesses.
The symposium also confronts more conceptual issues surrounding the problems of food and agriculture. A panel discussion held on the Colgate University campus the evening before the technical tours will approach “The Limits of Local” as a response to food and agriculture issues. The panel will be composed of two historians of food and agriculture, a sociologist who studies agricultural extension practices, a local ag extension officer, and an artist whose work engages the social meaning of food. The panel discussion will be streamed live on the web on Thursday, April 22 @ 4:30pm from the following address:
In conjunction with the STS Agricultural Acts Symposium, the Morrisville State College Mustang Alley eatery will be featuring Pride of New York foods at its daily specials counter.
Also, an Agricultural Acts virtual Cyberfarm can be found in Second Life hosted by Kurt Karsin (Dr. Reymers). The Cyberfarm features educational displays, videos, and hyperlinks, as well as a virtual chicken farm and vegetable/mushroom gardens. The Cyberfarm investigates nature and culture at a crucial intersection, food. The STS program has continued representation in Second Life at the island of Macmillan Publishing Group (publishers of the scientific journal Nature).
Click here to teleport to Kurt Karsin's virtual Cyberfarm in Second Life
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The organizers of the 2010 STS Symposium wish to thank the following sponsors for their support: