Part of a big idea hatched decades ago at The Land Institute continues a slow-but-significant evolution.
Leaders are far from shouting their discoveries from the hilltops of eastern Saline County, but volume within The Land’s hallowed halls is admittedly on a crescendo.
Many around the world have taken notice since co-founder Wes Jackson first conceived of developing perennial crops that grow together and are harvested at different times, protecting soil and the environment.
An ultimate goal is monumental change that protects precious resources, feeds Earth’s quickly growing population and makes it a more sustainable place.
The concept is still years to decades away from the mainstream, but even those protective experts on the campus at 2440 E. Water Well agree the mission is gaining momentum.
“We’re on our way, but we’re not there. That would be the worst assumption we could make,” said Fred Iutzi, Land Institute president since October 2016.
“But I have been having a lot of pinch-myself kinds of moments,” he said.