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Convergence of Food Security, Energy Security and Sustainable Agriculture

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  • The key to a stable global agricultural platform to feed the world
  • Written by experts
  • Richly illustrated
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Part of the book series: Biotechnology in Agriculture and Forestry (AGRICULTURE, volume 67)

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This volume examines the interrelated fields of food security, energy security and sustainable agriculture as the key to a stable global agricultural platform and is arranged in six parts.  The first part is focused on policy considerations relating to food and energy security and sustainable agriculture.  The authors from this part include Former Under Secretary of Agriculture Gale Buchanan, Former Under Secretary of Energy Raymond Orbach (Chapter 1), Stephen Hughes, Bryan Moser and William Gibbons (Chapter 2) and Thomas Redick (Chapter 3).  Part II addresses soil and water, which are two of the key components in secure and sustainable food production.  Authors from this part are Jerry Hatfield (Chapter 4) and Mahbub Alam, Sharon Megdal et al. (Chapter 5).  The third part covers sustainable and secure food production specifically addressing genetically modified traits in Chapter 6 (James McWilliams) and omega-3 fatty acids in Chapter 7 (Jay Whelan et al.).  Agronomic implications relative to food security and sustainable agriculture are described in Part IV.  Authors include Ravi Sripada, Pradip Das et al. (Chapter 8), Duska Stojsin, Kevin Matson and Richard Leitz (Chapter 9) and S.H. Lee, David Clay and Sharon Clay (Chapter 10).  International sustainable agriculture and food security is addressed in Part V with authors Jeff Vitale and John Greenplate (Chapter 11), Julie Borlaug et al. (Chapter 12) and Sylvester Oikeh et al. (Chapter 13).  The final part covers the use of chemicals in sustainable agriculture and food/energy security with Leonard Gianessi and Ashley Williams communicating the role of herbicides and Harold Reetz emphasizing the importance offertilizers both in maximizing crop yields to maintain a sustainable secure source for food production.

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Table of contents (15 chapters)

  1. Food and Energy Security and Sustainable Agriculture Policy

  2. Soil and Water

  3. Sustainable and Secure Food Production

  4. Agronomic Implications

  5. International Sustainable Agriculture and Food Security

  6. Chemicals

Editors and Affiliations

  • Director of Research/Cell Biology, Cibus LLC, San Diego, USA

    David D. Songstad

  • National Laboratory for Agriculture and, USDA-ARS, Ames, USA

    Jerry L. Hatfield

  • Grimes, USA

    Dwight T. Tomes

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