S-E1 A Systems Approach to Understanding the Energetics of Global Agriculture

Organizers:

  • Steve Boss, Director of Sustainability Academic Programs/Director of the Environmental Dynamics doctoral program, University of Arkansas
  • Phillip Crandall, Professor, University of Arkansas

Summary:

The objective of the symposium is to conceptualize the global agricultural system as a planetary energy transfer system and to account for energy pathways through the system with a focus on redirecting available energy output to food resources for human consumption. Over a half-century of data regarding global agricultural output suggests that total output greatly exceeds human demand for food energy but energy losses within the system dominate to create global food insecurity. Addressing food loss terms within the global agricultural system may be a more manageable strategy to increase availability of agricultural production for human consumption, particularly when faced with presumed losses of agricultural production related to land conversion, climate change, and biological limits of intensified food production.​

Moderator:

  • Steve Boss, Director of Sustainability Academic Programs/Director of the Environmental Dynamics doctoral program, Director of the Environmental Dynamics Program, University of Arkansas

Speakers:

  • Phillip Crandall, Professor, Food Science, University of Arkansas
  • Curt Rom, Professor/Associate Dean for International Education, University of Arkansas
  • Corliss Obryan, Research Associate, Environmental Health – University of Arkansas
  • Quinn Montana, PhD student, Environmental Dynamics – University of Arkansas

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