The GCAS Speaker Series is a series of lectures and workshops at the Presidio during the same dates as the
Climate Action Summit in
the Officer's Club on Wednesday, September 12, 2018 and for
all day Friday September 14. VIEW THE SPEAKER VIDEOS HERE. The Presidio
is a historic and unique venue located in one of the most spectacular
city-scapes in the world. This venue will provide a wonderful and exciting
location for our proposed workshops and generate a vibrant atmosphere for an
This project included a number of simultaneous collaborations that will elevate and multiply the underlying message of the book—that dominion over our seeds, the most primal ingredient of life on earth, must remain with farmers to help us navigate the turbulent times ahead. The book reveals how climate disruptions are shining a harsh light on the vulnerabilities of the industrial agriculture status quo. The book explores the implications for our food security of converging forces: Just as the conditions for growing food are changing profoundly, control over our seeds is being consolidated into the hands of just three multinational chemical companies, while a rising global movement is defying this trend to reassert dominion and autonomy over our seeds. And the science continues to accumulate suggesting that more organically rich and diverse agriculture is far more regenerative to soil and is far more resilient to shifting conditions, as well as being healthier to eat. All these themes intersect profoundly with larger political, economic and ecological forces that are shaping our food system—Now is a historic moment in which the high volatility suggests a potentially transformative time of change.