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William J. Lockeretz

Leaders in Alternative and Sustainable Agriculture: Oral History Interview Series

Dr. William J. Lockeretz
Tufts University
Medford, Massachusetts

Interview by Jane Gates with William J. Lockeretz with an introduction by Jayne MacLean.
Beltsville, Md. : National Agricultural Library, 1991.


Dr. William J. Lockeretz was originally trained as a physicist, but turned his considerable research talents to environmental concerns, especially as they influence agriculture. He is an original thinker and a sought-after speaker who has long championed sustainable agriculture.

Access the video in segments from the video menu below or you may watch each segment consecutively to view the full interview. The title for each segment provides a brief description of the topics discussed.

The segments in the Questions section are drawn from the full interview. They duplicate video segments from the menu. These are not verbatim questions asked by the interviewer, but rather topics addressed by Dr. Lockeretz during the course of his interview. We hope that this will be an informative and interesting way to view the conversation.

Video lengths in minutes are approximate.

Video Menu

1. Introduction, early life, education and move to Tuffs [10 minutes]

2. Research on unconventional farming, the International Federation of Organic Agriculture Movements Conferences and defining the concept of sustainable agriculture [10 minutes]

3. Research on energy and agriculture, crop alternatives for sustainability and the rise of the soybean [13 minutes]

4. Looking back at career, the relationship between urban and rural and writing and teaching [11 minutes]

5. Thoughts on the future and cautions about looking back at the past [10 minutes]

Watch All Five Parts In Succession


1. What is the International Federation of Organic Agriculture Movements (IFOAM)? [2 minutes]

2. What do you think about the issue of energy use in agriculture? [3 minutes]

3. What are your thoughts on the relationship between cities and agriculture? [5 minutes]

4. What has been the environmental movement’s effect on agriculture? [3 minutes]

National Agricultural Library Cataloging Record

Author: Jane Potter Gates, William J. Lockeretz and National Agricultural Library (U.S.).
Title: Oral history interview with William Lockeretz videorecording / interviewer, Jane Potter Gates ; with an introduction by Jayne MacLean.
Publisher: Beltsville, Md. : National Agricultural Library, [1991]
Series: AFSIC oral history interview series
Subjects: Lockeretz, William; Sustainable agriculture - History; Agricultural chemicals - Environmental aspects - History; Agricultural ecology - History.
Description: Original format: 1 videocassette (60 min.) : sd., col. ; 1/2 in.
Note(s): VHS. Title from cassette label. Interview was conducted on February 26, 1990. Cameraman and editor, Ron Hamilton.
NAL Call Number: Videocassette no.1217

The National Agricultural Library does not verify the accuracy of the accounts described herein by participants in an Oral History Project. These oral histories are expressions of the views, memories and opinions of the interviewee. They do not represent the policy, views or official history of the United States Department of Agriculture or the National Agricultural Library.