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Sustainability Weeks – Ancient Agricultural Practices and Modern Agriculture Sustainability

This lecture is run by  Sustainability Weeks 2017 to share and discuss the latest knowledge concerning sustainability and to identify the next actions to take towards a better future. 

How Can Ancient Agricultural Practices in Japan and the USA Inform us about Modern Agriculture Sustainability?

The expansive Miscanthus grasslands in Aso, Kyushu, Japan, have been maintained by farmers for more than a thousand years for grazing, building materials, manure for rice fields and tourism. In the semi-arid southwestern areas of the United States, Native American tribes cultivated succulent Agave plants for several hundred years for food, fiber, drink, and medicine. In recent years, interest has grown to produce both Miscanthus and Agave for bioenergy.

In this lecture, participants will learn how traditional agricultural practices can inform us about sustainable, modern-day cultivation methods of these crops, particularly in the context of global climate change.

■ Time and Date

8/8/2017 (Weds.), 1:30-4:30 pm. Reception starts at 1:00 pm.

■ Place

Conference Hall, Hokkaido University

■ Language

English & Japanese (consecutive interpretation)

■ Max participants


■ Organizers

Field Science Center for Northern Biosphere, and the Graduate School of Global Food Resources

■ Inquiries

Toshihiko Yamada

Field Science Center for Northern Biosphere

Hokkaido University



Students (university and high school) and the general public are encouraged to attend.

Admission is free, and registration is not required.