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Jonathan Gelbard, Conservation Scientist & Sustainable Agriculture Specialist, San Francisco

Jonathan Gelbard

As a conservation scientist with a communication background, I serve as a bridge – applying the science underlying sustainability to devise cutting-edge solutions. Over the past 20 years, I’ve studied how we can improve the resistance and resilience of grassland, shrubland and woodland ecosystems to climate change, including through better livestock and road management. I’ve surveyed environmental conditions at thousands of sites from the Borderlands of southern New Mexico and Arizona, to Utah’s Canyon Country, to California’s diverse rangelands. It’s clear that while conservation science offers society a wealth of solutions for managing ecosystems more sustainably, implementation of these solutions continues to lag.

Fortunately, the rise of sustainable business is improving awareness of the economic, health and quality of life benefits of good environmental stewardship. My work with NRDC focuses on harnessing this momentum to devise innovative approaches for rewarding livestock producers who demonstrate good stewardship with economically valuable benefits.

Recent Posts

The Global Roundtable of (Not So) Sustainable Beef

Posted May 20, 2014 by Jonathan Gelbard

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This past Friday, NRDC and our partners at Rainforest Alliance, Food Alliance and Friends of the Earth U.S. submitted joint comments to the Global Roundtable on Sustainable Beef (GRSB) detailing why the latest version of their “Principles” and “Criteria” falls...continued


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