Discussion Group Issues
Bill Schrader Pavilion
29 March 2017
12 noon to 13:30
D B C E A F
A – Can we feed the planet without destroying it? Do you believe it possible? Do you believe it likely? (See next page?)
B – Some argue that people are too ignorant to vote and cannot absorb balanced information. Is this true? Can it be fixed?
C – What is your take on the failed attempt to abolish health care? Assess the three protagonists – GOP, Trump, and the Democrats.
D – President Duterte of the Philippines is roundly condemned throughout the world for extra-judicial killings of drug dealers and even human rights workers who oppose him. But the last three occupants of the White House have authorized executions of suspected terrorists for almost two decades. Are we morally superior because we don’t publicize it as much and our numbers are lower? Mac
E – A recent economics article argues that the tech revolution, like many before it, is not being quickly implemented because the workers it has displaced are lowering wages so much that automation is not really needed. Agree?
F – What is populism? Is Trump one? Is the Tea Party another?
Question !: Can we feed the planet without destroying it?
“Yes. Here’s what we need to do: reduce crop waste, consumer waste and meat consumption; integrate appropriate seed technologies and management practices; engage consumers about the challenges farmers face in both the developed and the developing world; increase public funding for agricultural research and development; and focus on advancing the socioeconomic and environmental aspects of farming that characterize sustainable agriculture.”
—Pamela Ronald, professor in the Genome Center and the department of plant pathology at the University of California, Davis*