Jan. 28, 2019

NORTH ADAMS, MASS. — Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts (MCLA) announces the next Green Living Seminar will take place on Thursday, Feb. 7, with a presentation on “Cows Save the Planet: Soil, Climate, and the Promise of Regenerative Agriculture,” presented by author and journalist Judith D. Schwartz.

All Green Living Seminars will take place at 5:30 p.m. in room 121 of the Feigenbaum Center for Science and Innovation on the MCLA campus. Presented on Thursdays throughout the spring semester, this series is free and open to the public.

The theme of this semester’s series is “Sustainable Food and Farming,” which focuses on the past, present, and future of how food is produced and distributed in our region, and strategies for improving the sustainability of our food system.

Some say that cows are “bad” for the environment. According to Schwartz, the problem isn’t cattle per se—but the way they have been managed. Once grazing animals’ ecological role is understood, they can be important allies for building fertile soil, ensuring water sources and enhancing resilience to floods, droughts and wildfires.

Schwartz will take the audience on a quick, global tour of grazing solutions that will have them never looking at cows the same way again.

An author and journalist who lives in Bennington, Vt., Schwartz’s recent work explores nature-based solutions to global environmental challenges. She writes on this theme for numerous publications and speaks at venues throughout the world. She is the author of “Cows Save the Planet and Other Improbable Ways of Restoring Soil to Heal the Earth,” and “Water in Plain Sight: Hope for a Thirsty World.”

This semester’s Green Living Seminars will take place through April 25. Following Schwartz’s talk on Thursday, Feb. 7, the next Green Living lecture will take place on Thursday, Feb. 14, when Julia Freedgood, assistant vice president of programs at American Farmland Trust, presents “Realizing the New England Food Vision.”          

Podcasts of this semester’s Green Living lectures will be posted online following each presentation at

MCLA’s Green Living Seminar Series hosts lectures by local, regional, and national experts. The seminars are organized around a central theme related to the environment and sustainability. The 2019 series is a presentation of the MCLA Environmental Studies Department and MCLA’s Berkshire Environmental Resource Center.

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