Agriculture straddling rural idyll and high-tech farming
German agriculture is a modern branch of industry characterised by efficient and innovative production methods, but undergoing profound structural upheaval. Amongst other results, thanks to increased efficiency in agricultural food production, the work of one German farmer can feed 140 inhabitants. Consumers in Germany place high demands on agriculture in terms of sustainability, product quality and safety. At the same time, a longing to adhere to romantic notions of farming is also evident coupled with scepticism and aversion towards the transformational processes that modern agriculture is undergoing. This is reflected in an increasingly limited willingness to shoulder these agricultural transformations.
Global developments like an expanding world population or climate change pose new challenges to the Agricultural Sciences with respect to resource-efficient production, which include sustainable productivity to secure the food supply. A close link between basic research, applied research and scientific transfer are decisive for the future of agricultural research.
This lecture series illuminates the areas of conflict that modern agriculture straddles, whilst attempting to objectify the social debate. The question as to the contribution agricultural research in Göttingen can make will be one of the topics discussed.
Recordings of each lecture will be broadcast by StadtRadio Göttingen (107.1 MHz) on the subsequent Wednesday at 12:00 CET and then accessible long-term as a video clip on this website.
Lecture series from past semesters
|Wintersemester 2015/2016||Sommersemester 2015||Wintersemester 2014/2015|