Academic journal article The Agricultural Education Magazine

Going Green in Agricultural Education

Academic journal article The Agricultural Education Magazine

Going Green in Agricultural Education

Article excerpt

Welcome to this issue of The Agricultural Education Magazine, "Going Green in Agricultural Education." It seems everyone wants to "Go Green!" What does it actually mean to change you, or your organization, to a nice calming color the shade of Kermit the Frog? Well, going green is simply a catchall pair of buzzwords describing a variety of activities conducted by a variety of people all with the ONE goal of sustainable agriculture. Without sustainable agriculture no one would have any other problems because they wouldn't last very long anyway given a grave limited food resource problem.

The University of California (UC) Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education Program explains that sustainable agriculture focuses on three primary goals - environmental health, economic profitability, and social and economic equity. These goals are addressed in a way that allows us to meet our current needs without compromising our children's ability to meet their own needs in the years to come. This is a tall order; given studies suggesting that the world will need 70 to 100% more food by 2050 (Godfray et al., 20 1 0). This need only keeps the global society at current hunger status quo, which is frightening as it is.

So, when you first read the theme, "Going Green with Agricultural Education" you may have thought this issue will be about interesting ways to involve your chapter in the popular and growing GREEN MOVEMENT that seems to have come to agricultural education over the years, and you are right. There are many excellent, recipe-oriented articles and several great examples herein to introduce your students to Going Green. However, I hope you see each article and the excellent educational opportunities discussed in this issue as a launching point for your students. I hope you and your students can see these or other related green activities you may already engage in as key tools and implements necessary for sustainable agriculture achievement. …

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