Professor Rattan Lal is distinguished University Professor of Soil Science, Director of Carbon Management and Sequestration Center, School of Environment and Natural Resources, The Ohio State University.
Professor Lal is the recipient of the 2020 World Food Prize.
Professor Lal commands an uncommon blend of towering achievement, light and grace in his person, and humility, integrity and honor. As winner of the 2020 World Food Prize, Professor Lal has reached a true pinnacle in a life and career already filled with achievement and worthy recognition. Visit Professor Lal’s CV here. Its evidence of devotion and industry is an inspiration in itself.
These brief notes are not offered just to heap praise on a worthy object, however. Rather these are to introduce a conversation on environment, soil health, food security, and matters of serious concern for us all. Dr. Lal’s knowledge and research are impeccable. He wears no blinders, and is clear about challenges posed by population and pollution. Yet his voice and confidence is hopeful and encouraging.
This interview is invaluable for both experts and for laypeople alike.
This interview is conducted by environmental scientist, Mr. Gregg Jones.
Mr. Jones has his degree in Biology from the University of Maryland (UMD), College Park. He worked as a research assistant at the Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Lab studying effects on the environment from nuclear energy, and University of Maryland’s Horn Point Lab studying pollutants in water runoff from agricultural fields seeping into groundwater. He taught biology and horticulture for over ten years and developed an educational farm during that time. Mr. Jones has served as horticulture adviser in Kenya, Ecuador, and many areas of the United States.
Here is the CV or Professor Lal who is interviewed by Mr. Jones.