Understanding the strong link between agricultural production and the environment is vital to our food system. The Cannella Environmental Farming Act Science Advisory Panel, established by Secretary Ross in August 2011, will convene its first meeting next week to discuss issues related to ecosystem services and agricultural stewardship.
The panel, which brings together the expertise of private industry, academia and state government – will study, discuss and evaluate research findings related to the interconnection of agriculture with the environment. As new rules and regulations are developed connected to agricultural production, there is a need to understand and disseminate widely any science that is related to it – ecosystem services is a good example that highlights potential environmental benefits from agriculture. As the Science Adviser to the Secretary, my role is to help to guide the Cannella Scientific Advisory Panel towards achieving its goals and expectations.
Agriculture needs to be part of the environmental dialogue and the Cannella Panel is a great resource to help facilitate discussions on important issues and find practical solutions based on sound science.
The Cannella Environmental Farming Act Science Advisory Panel will be meeting on November 7, 2011 from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. at the California Department of Food and Agriculture’s Gateway Oaks Facility – 2800 Gateway Oaks Drive, Room 101, Sacramento, CA 95833. Meetings are open to the public and stakeholder participation is encouraged.
An agenda of the meeting can be found here.