The Chautauqua Institution teamed up with National Geographic, along with Wegmans, to discuss the global food shortage and hunger. Experience the Week Two morning lectures and speakers all over again through the Chautauquans busy tweeting and Instagramming in this week’s Storify recap.
The Chautauqua Symphony Orchestra, led by guest conductor Marcelo Lehninger, plays in tandem with a photo story entitled “Hebrides” captured by National Geographic photographer Jim Richardson.
When Chautauqua Institution Director of Programming Marty Merkley took stock of the Chautauqua Symphony Orchestra’s schedule last month, tonight’s program featuring guest conductor Marcelo Lehninger and CSO clarinetist Eli Eban stood out as unique.
“Food transforms the world’s landscapes,” said Dennis Dimick, executive environmental editor at National Geographic. “Forty percent of the land area of the Earth has been transformed for agriculture.” Those transformations and the many faces behind it were vibrantly presented to the Amphitheater audience on Monday as Dimick, joined by National Geographic photographer Jim Richardson, showed photographs from their 25-year collaboration exploring the world’s agricultural systems.
Dennis Dimick and Jim Richardson were both raised on small farms — Dimick in Oregon, and Richardson in Kansas — and grew up alongside wheat, corn and livestock. But, on the cusp of the Green Revolution, change was in the air.
In the National Geographic Society’s flagship year of 1888, eminent French economist and statistician Pierre Émile Levasseur estimated the global population to be 1.483 billion.