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Dennis Avery

Dennis Avery
D.W. Brooks Lecture Date: 10/06/2003

Lecture Title: "Has America Already Lost High-Yield Agriculture?"

About the Guest Speaker

Dennis Avery is a former agricultural analyst for the U.S. Department of State, Avery was responsible for assessing the foreign-policy implications of food and farming developments worldwide. He is a senior fellow at the Hudson Institute, a research and policy think tank in Indianapolis. At the Hudson, Avery monitors developments in world food production, farm product demand, the safety and security of food supplies and the sustainability of world agriculture.

As a staff member of the President's National Advisory Commission on Food and Fiber, he wrote the commission's landmark report, "Food and Fiber for the Future."

Avery studied agricultural economics at Michigan State University and the University of Wisconsin. He holds awards for outstanding performance from three government agencies and was awarded the National Intelligence Medal of Achievement in 1983.

He is the author of "Global Food Progress 1991" and "Saving the Planet with Pesticides and Plastic: The Environmental Triumph of High-Yield Farming."

He is also the editor of Global Food Quarterly, the newsletter of the CGFI, and writes a weekly column for The BridgeNews Forum. Avery has been quoted in publications ranging from Time and The Washington Post to The Farm Journal. Avery's article, "What's Wrong with Global Warming?" was published in the August 1999 issue of Reader's Digest.

Avery has testified before Congress and has appeared on most of the nation's major television networks, including a program discussing the bacterial dangers of organic foods on ABC's 20/20.