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UNI's Jackson to read from her book on farms and ecosystem Thursday, Dec. 5<br>

December 1, 2002

Laura Jackson, UNI associate professor of biology, (319) 273-2705
Vicki Grimes, University Marketing & Public Relations, (319) 273-2761

CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- Laura Jackson, UNI associate professor of biology, will read selections from a book she co-edited, which deals with farms and the ecosystem. The reading will be at 7 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 5, at Bought Again Books, 909 W. 23rd St., in Cedar Falls. She also will be available to sign copies of the book.

Jackson's book, 'The Farm as Natural Habitat: Reconnecting Food Systems with Ecosystems,' brought together writers representing the fields of sustainable agriculture, conservation biology and ecological restoration to link food and farming to biological diversity. She said it offers compelling examples of an alternative agriculture that can produce not only healthful food, but fully functioning ecosystems and abundant populations of native species.

The book was favorably reviewed in the November issue of the prestigious professional publication, Science. Says the reviewer, 'Given that so much land is devoted to growing our crops, it is relevant for all of us to wonder how we might use this land better. 'The Farm as Natural Habitat' provides excellent food for thought on the subject.'