Local agriculture in a global context
Sponsored by Center for Liberal Arts and Society (CLAS)
Tuesday, September 28, 2010
Filmmaker Emma Piper-Burket introduces The Iraqi Seed Project, the story of Iraqi and Kurdish farmers, and the rich agricultural heritage of Mesopotamia, told through a collection of five short documentary films and a multi-media website.
Until the first Gulf War, agriculture employed 30 percent of Iraq’s population; today the country cannot feed itself and imports the majority of its food supply. The region’s agricultural history spans thousands of years, but after years of war and sanctions, what is left of this legacy for modern day farmers? As foreign aid and ideologies flood the country amidst the reconstruction, it is important to listen to the voice of local farmers and learn from them and their history.
With an aging population, dwindling numbers and difficulties competing in a global economy, small-scale farmers across the world are experiencing similar hardships. The Iraqi Seed Project starts where agriculture began, but speaks to far-reaching issues affecting farmers and farmland worldwide.
This event is open to the public.
Free; no tickets required.