Marshall Shepherd discusses climate, weather and “zombie theories”

By John Heniff “Weather is your mood, climate is your personality.” That was one of many gems that meteorologist J. Marshall Shepherd shared with his audience Mar. 19 as part of MU’s Life Sciences and Society Program symposium,“Confronting Climate Change.” The University of Georgia professor and director of the campus’ atmospheric sciences program enlightened the audience with…

Wes Jackson talks agriculture for the future: Perennial polycultures

By Marlee Ellison Farmers tend to plant annual “monocultures,” or large areas that grow only one crop. That’s why there are so many expansive soybean fields in Missouri and corn fields in Colorado. Wes Jackson, president of the Kansas-based Land Institute, might have a better idea: “perennial polycultures.” Perennial polycultures involve the cultivation of more than one perennial species…