Thursday, July 7, 2022

Cafe Scientifique unravels nutrient cycle

Next week’s Cafe Scientifique in Tauranga will discuss the workings of nature’s nutrient cycle and issues facing the world’s food production unless this cycle is reinvigorated.

Ballance Agri-Nutrients’ process and chemicals manager Dr Terry Smith will discuss the concern that food production is fast becoming a lost science with many people now unaware of the origin of food.

He will also discuss how important issues are now being tackled by urban-based decision-makers while fewer and fewer people are working on the land.

Farming management and sustainability systems are Smith’s key focus areas at Ballance and his work involves developing innovative products that deliver balanced applications of nutrients in the right place at the right time without unwanted consequences.

Cafe Scientifique is a forum for exploring science issues, where anyone can go to find out about the latest ideas in science and technology.

The Cafe Scientifique series is organised by Julia and Warren Banks and supported by the University of Waikato. It aims to promote public engagement and make science accessible.

The Cafe is moving to a new venue at Bravo, Red Square, Tauranga. It will take place on Monday June 24 at 6.45pm.

For more information: www.waikato.ac.nz/go/cafescientifique

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