IU experts available to comment on United Nations climate report

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. — The summary of a special U.N.-commissioned report on land and climate was released today by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. The report warns that the large amount of greenhouse gas emissions resulting from agricultural practices focused on meat and dairy production are a significant contributor to global warming.

Indiana University experts on sustainable agricultural and food production are available to comment.

James Farmer

Expertise: Sustainable behavior and decision-making, community food systems, local foods, sustainable agriculture, farmers’ markets, natural resource sustainability, private land conservation, parks and climate change, urban ecosystem management, social-ecological systems.

James Farmer is an associate professor in the O’Neill School of Public and Environmental Affairs. His research focuses on behavior and decision-making within the areas of sustainable food systems and natural resources sustainability. Examples of his work includes projects encompassing farmer adoption of organic management practices, landowner decisions to place conservation easements on private lands, and food access within local food system venues. Dr. Farmer co-directs the IU Campus Farm and convenes the Sustainable Food Systems Science initiative. His interdisciplinary and applied approaches have him collaborating with scholars from biology to anthropology and professionals such as farmers and food advocates.

Email: jafarmer@indiana.edu

Matthew Houser

Expertise: Climate change, agriculture, Midwest, public opinion on climate change, environmental decision-making.

Matthew Houser is a Midwestern/Indiana community studies fellow at Indiana University’s Environmental Resilience Institute. His research is driven by the desire to understand what motivates human behaviors affecting the environment and how information is received and used to shape environmental decision making. Focusing on agriculture, he examines how people respond to climate change in Indiana and beyond while working to identify environmental policies that would benefit Indiana and be supported by residents. His primary goal at the Environmental Resilience Institute is to identify environmental policies that would benefit the state and be readily supported by its residents.

Email: mkhouser@iu.edu

For more information, contact Nicole Wilkins at 812-856-2119 or nnwilkin@iu.edu.

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