March 25, 2008
AMES, Iowa — Dennis Avery, author of the book Saving the Planet with Pesticides and Plastics and director of the Center for Global Food Issues at the Hudson Institute, will speak at Iowa State University's Graduate Colloquium in Sustainable Agriculture on March 26. ISU's Graduate Program in Sustainable Agriculture invited the well-known critic of sustainable agriculture based on suggestions from students to include a wide spectrum of diverse viewpoints at the colloquium, which is open to the public. Avery will speak from 3:10 to 4:30 p.m. in 2019 Morrill Hall on the Iowa State campus. Avery, a former agricultural analyst for the U.S. Department of State, has received media coverage for his often controversial positions on food and environmental issues, publishing such articles as "What's Wrong with Global Warming?" in Reader's Digest, and discussing the "bacterial dangers of organic foods" on ABC's 20/20. The Graduate Program in Sustainable Agriculture enables students to cross traditional disciplinary boundaries in pursuit of master's and doctorate degrees in sustainable agriculture. The program seeks to foster alternatives that support the economic viability of farmers and preserve and enhance environmental quality and quality of life in local, regional and global communities.