Worldwatch Institute Is Founded (Great Events from History II: Ecology and the Environment Series)
Article abstract: Worldwatch Institute was founded to keep policymakers in Washington and around the world aware of global environmental concerns.
Summary of Event
The Worldwatch Institute was incorporated in 1974 and began operations in 1975. The idea for the institute came from Lester R. Brown, who, at the age of forty-one, had established himself as an international expert on soil, agriculture, and food supplies. Brown had spent his early years working on a family farm in the U.S. Midwest and had gone on to earn degrees in agriculture and agricultural economics from Rutgers University and the University of Maryland. In 1959, he joined the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), where his interest in worldwide agricultural issues intensified. Under the auspices of the USDA, he published a number of influential reports that confirmed his expanding expertise on global agriculture and food production.
In the 1960’s, Brown worked with the International Agricultural Development Service and in 1969 became a Senior Fellow in the Overseas Development Council (ODC). It was during these years that Brown formulated his idea for a Worldwatch Institute that would present an interdisciplinary approach in confronting matters relating to the human environment. Brown’s particular concerns were population, food supply, soil erosion, and creating policies that would curb the most serious environmental abuses. By locating...
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