Transforming Agriculture, Perennially
  • Land Institute Perennial & Annual Roots, Photo Credit: Jim Richardson

    10,000 Years of Agriculture

    Humans have been producing food using the same paradigm for 10,000 years. But the burden of a growing population and the impacts of an industrial approach to farming threaten the entire enterprise. We are working toward a solution.

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Sorghum Plant Heads

Perennial Crops

Natural ecosystems feature perennial plants. So does our approach to regenerative agriculture.

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Ecological Intensification Intercropping

Ecological Intensification

Sunlight. Water. Soil. Microbes. Plants. People. The Land Institute brings them all together for sustainable farming.

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Ecosphere Studies

Changing the way we think about the world and our place in it, through educational and cultural projects.

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The Work that Reconnects – Moving from Despair to Empowerment in the Age of Planetary Distress

This retreat to help attendees feel re-grounded in a time of anxiety and isolation builds off the work of pioneering eco-philosopher and Buddhist scholar Joanna Macy on a transformative journey that will reorient perspectives on our current crises and give tools to become a bearer of hope for future generations.

April 5, 2019 | 6:30 pm
Spring Creek Prairie Audubon Center

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Interview with a Plant Scientist: Lee DeHaan, Kernza® Intermediate Wheatgrass

Lee DeHaan grew up on a conventional corn and soybean farm in Minnesota. His father and older brothers heard Wes Jackson speak in the early 80s about perennial grains, and their benefits to agriculture became…

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Scientific Publications

Non-technical summary. Modern agriculture is associated with numerous environmental predicaments, such as land degradation, water pollution, and greenhouse gas emission. Socio-economically, it is characterized by a treadmill of technological change,…

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Abstract Organic dormancy, the inability to germinate under favorable conditions, is a common problem in many crop species and their wild relatives, leading to more variable emergence, plant density, and…

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The development of agriculture is one of the key fault lines in human history, the starting point for the human project of dominating the planet. As the catastrophic consequences of…

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