Field of Discord

Field of Discord |Thomas Bartlett | Chronicle of Higher Education | 2 July 2010

The article discuses sustainable agriculture education in the U.S. The experience of Ricardo Salvador and his attempt to be hired by Iowa State University to lead its Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture is discussed. It is believed that the center had trouble filling the spot because of a careful balance that it must maintain between traditional agriculture and sustainable agriculture. It is noted that a lot of farming takes place in Iowa, but that the use of nitrogen fertilizer and pesticides has harmed the environment. The mission of the center is discussed and center advisory board member Erin Irish discusses the center’s efforts to create a mission and hire a director. The reasons that Iowa State did not give Salvador the position are discussed.

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