The Environmental Consequences Of Increasing Food Production

March 10, 1998

Earth's Changing Land - GCTE LUCC Open Science Conference - 14-18 March 1998 - Barcelona, Spain

The Issues
The human population is growing at a rate of 90 million people per year; as a consequence, natural ecosystems are rapidly being replaced by agricultural systems and existing agricultural systems are being managed more intensely in order to keep up with the increasing demand for food. Over eight hundred scientists attending a meeting in Barcelona, Spain, on March 14-18, 1998, sponsored by the GCTE/LUCC Programs, will be discussing the environmental impact of converting natural and semi-natural ecosystems into intensively managed agricultural systems.

The Science

Practical Information
Global change impact on agriculture will be discussed on the third day of the conference (March 16) in session 3, and during the poster sessions of March 16 and 17. Eleven oral posters are scheduled during the Poster session of March 17. In addition, two ad hoc meetings dealing with agriculture and global change will be held in March 16 and 17 during lunch time.
Contact: Press Officer GCTE/LUCC Conference: Anne Larigauderie
Université Paris-Sud, Ecologie des Populations et Communautes, Bat. 362,
F-91405 Orsay Cedex, France
Phone/Fax: +33 1 69 15 56 92/6
Conference Secretatiat, Barcelona, Spain:
Tel: +34 3 233 2387 FAX: +34 3 233 2575

Global Change and Terrestrial Ecosystems Project (GCTE)

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