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Lunchtime conference to explore the problems of environmental dynamics

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PhD student Terrius Bruce.

Terrius Bruce, PhD student in environmental dynamics, will be presenting at the ENDY Lunchtime lecture series next week. Bruce will speak on “Improving Community Food Systems in a Time of COVID” at 1 p.m. on Monday, October 18 in Room 217 of Gearhart Hall.

“As a result of COVID-19, nations around the world are grappling with growing food insecurity,” Bruce said. “This crisis provides an opportunity to review and reflect on the importance of resilience in emergency situations.”

Bruce will discuss the need for changes to more sustainable circular applications and address environmental quality, worker health and natural resource regeneration.

In the height of the COVID-19 pandemic, Bruce continued his passion for researching sustainable food systems in Ghana in West Africa. The NOAA CCME Fellow received his Bachelor of Science in Environmental Studies with a minor in Agribusiness from Florida A&M University in Spring 2020 and actively participated in a capacity building grant that was unsuccessful due to the constraints caused. by the pandemic. Instead of sitting idly by, Bruce decided to return to Ghana and take an interest in his research.

The love for Ghana began when Bruce first visited in 2012, where he saw the need to apply his education and research to advancing the culture he was connected with. Upon his return to Ghana in 2020. Bruce was introduced to Operation Feed Yourself, which aimed to increase the levels of food crops produced in Ghana, by Ghanaians, for home consumption. This fascinated Bruce and provided a historical baseline to show local residents the connection to improving food allocation and access to alleviate food insecurity. Through local partnerships, Bruce has built relationships with key local players in the food system. In June, the ENDY Fellow hosted a hybrid conference in Accra, Ghana, with several distinguished local leaders in agribusiness, marketing, transportation and retail.

Notably, Bruce acquired 2 acres of land in the Greater Accra area in Shai Hills. Located next to the Ice Cool water plant, the farm collects wastewater from the plant for irrigation. It is divided into 4 main sections including areas for composting stations, mealworm rearing, traditional ancient grain farming for animal feed, chicken coops, pigsties, aquaponic beds and agriculture. traditional from cash crops such as turmeric and moringa.

The Shai Hills project takes a place-based approach by engaging the local supply chain and building capacity through mixed farming practices that incorporate long-term sustainability methods.

Given the awakening of the Covid-19, the project serves as a demonstration to improve our outlook on human health and our link with the environment. Focusing on local systems enables citizens to implement real change by reducing and eliminating carbon emissions through nature-based carbon removal, rebuilding biodiversity, working with local suppliers to minimize distances and shipping costs.

The long-term dynamics of this project strives to create a sustainable food system that is self-financing, while lowering barriers to entry into the local food market by improving, developing and creating community jobs, services streamlined and companies that increase food. Security.

On Environmental dynamics: An interdisciplinary program within the Graduate School and International Education, the doctoral program in environmental dynamics began in 1998 and aims to develop strategies for sustainable societies based on scientific research and respect for human cultures. Environmental dynamics (ENDY) is the study of the complex interactions between natural systems and human activity. This requires an interdisciplinary research approach and integration with cutting-edge technologies. The program focuses on human-environment interactions in recent Earth history. It emphasizes interdisciplinary analyzes of geophysical, biological, geochemical and sociocultural interactions linked to environmental changes. The program is led by distinguished professor of anthropology, Peter Ungar, and is made up of professors from nearly a dozen departments.