BIOSKETCHKenneth A. Dahlberg is Professor Emeritus of Political Science and Environmental and Sustainability Studies at Western Michigan University. He was trained in international relations with an
emphasis on Europe. The rise of the environmental movement in the 1970s encouraged him to focus his research and writings on a critique of the green revolution and on the development of alternatives, particularly sustainable food and agricultural systems. He has also written on natural resources, the conservation of biological diversity, appropriate technologies, and democratic institutions. In recent years, his work has emphasized building healthy and sustainable food systems - at all levels from the local to the international. He has had various grants to do research on local food policy councils in the US, Canada, and Australia. He now wants to increase his work with non-profit organizations and policy makers to address major issues involved in closing the carbon cycle by sequestering the carbon from industrial agricultural and forestry by helping the development of regenerative organic farming systems. Integral to that is a strengthening democratic institutions and a fundamental re-thinking of neo-classical trade doctrines.
He was selected as a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) in 1982 and received a WMU Distinguished Faculty Scholar Award in 1991. Since its creation, he has been active in the Agriculture, Food, and Human Values Society and was elected President for the 1999-2000 term. In Michigan, he was a founding member and is currently Chairman of the Board of the Michigan Land Trustees.
Ken grew up in Denver, Colorado and spent parts of every summer in the mountains at a rustic family cabin near the Wilderness Peaks - something that helped give him a strong appreciation of the environment. During high school he also worked summers on his brother's farm near Roggen, Colorado. This gave him some grounding in farming and irrigated agriculture. He has two daughters, Kirsten and Birgit. He enjoys classical music and opera, contra dancing, camping, and traveling.