Sustainability Roundtable: Regenerative Agriculture with Filmmaker Peter Byck

When Oct 25, 2022
from 04:00 PM to 04:50 PM
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Peter Byck

Join the UofL Sustainability Council for a special Sustainability Week addition to our Fall Sustainability Roundtable series on alternate Tuesdays from 4:00-4:50pm. Our special guest on October 25th will be Peter Byck, Director of the new film screening on Wednesday and Thursday, Roots So Deep (you can see the devil down there).

CNN's Bill Weir says “This is, hands-down, the best agriculture filmmaking I’ve ever seen. The characters are all so likable and captivating, the graphics are stunning, and I learned a ton about ecology… but none of that would matter without Peter Byck's soul and empathy as storyteller."

Peter Byck is a professor of practice at Arizona State University, in both the School of Sustainability and the Cronkite School of Journalism, where he teaches students to make short documentary films about sustainability solutions. He is the director, producer and writer of Carbon Nation, a 2011 film about climate change solutions. In 2020, Byck completed Carbon Cowboys, a 10-part documentary short film series, focused on regenerative grazing. His current production is an episodic documentary series in 4 parts, Roots So Deep (you can see the devil down there). The series follows Byck as he works with a group of farmers and scientists participating in a large research project to examine whether cattle grazing can be a benefit to the environment, if done differently from the modern-day, harmful, conventional agriculture practices. The science team compares conventional grazing and adaptive multi-paddock (AMP) grazing to see if the latter turns farming into a benefit for the land, the animals, and the farmers, and a carbon mitigation tool for climate change. The core of the series are the endearing, engaging and stereotype-breaking profiles of American farmers from Kentucky, Tennessee, Alabama and Mississippi. Peter will share experiences from Roots So Deep and research findings from the AMP Research Project.

No pre-registration is required. The format is a 30-40 minute presentation from a variety of speakers throughout the year, followed by 20-30 minutes of open discussion. Anyone with an interest in sustainability can give talks at the speaker series and participate in the audience, including faculty, staff, students, practitioners, teachers, government officials, and members of the public.

If you would like to give a presentation, or would like to hear a particular speaker, please contact Tamara Sluss.

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