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AAG 2017 Boston — Featured Theme

Geographies of Bread and Water in the 21st Century

Copyright Glen MacDonald

Burgeoning global population along with increasing appetite for high-protein or resource demanding food choices may double demands on world agriculture by 2050. At the same time groundwater depletion and climate change are negatively impacting the availability of sufficient water to meet agricultural and domestic freshwater demands in many regions. Compounding these challenges are socioeconomic forces, including armed conflicts and state collapse that negatively affect agricultural productivity, food transference and water resources. The challenges to food and water security over the 21st century represent an increasing and potentially existential threat to global society. These issues are fundamentally geographical in nature and form a central research and educational focus of geography and the AAG special theme.

  • The AAG Opening Session and Presidential Plenary: Geographies of Bread and Water in the 21st Century will anchor this featured theme. AAG Executive Director Doug Richardson will deliver welcoming remarks to open the meeting. Speakers in this plenary session will be AAG President Glen M. MacDonald (UCLA), Ruth DeFries (Columbia University) and Peter Gleick (Pacific Institute). Discussants will be Laura-Anne Minkoff-Zern (Syracuse University) and William G. Moseley (Macalaster College). This plenary session is on Wednesday, April 5, from 6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. in Ballroom B of the Hynes Convention Center.

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