Agri – Culture: What is the role of social sciences and humanities in science?
Rescheduled to August 16.
Peter Anderson, a historical and cultural geographer of science, will discuss how his research on the history of Ottawa’s Central Experimental Farm relates to ongoing efforts to protect and expand Agriculture Canada’s scientific capacity at the Farm. An active member of the Coalition to Protect the Farm, Pete places the research at the farm in its historic and cultural context, arguing for the importance of continuing research at the Farm by highlighting past successes. He also applies the lessons of environmental history and science & technologies studies to support agricultural science against the lingering effects of the last decade’s science wars, emphasizing the importance of basic and applied government research in a time of changing climates.
Founded in 1886, the Central Experimental Farm is one of the longest running agricultural research facilities in the world. In 2014 the Harper government announced that 60 acres of land from the Central Experimental Farm would be leased to the Ottawa Hospital for $1 for a new campus for the Civic Hospital.
The land given away includes Field No. 1, one of the oldest continuously monitored agricultural sites in the world, and the site of a 26-year ongoing study on crops and soil cited in the IPCC reports.