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Convergence of Food Security, Energy Security and Sustainable Agriculture

  • David D. Songstad
  • Jerry L. Hatfield
  • Dwight T. Tomes


  • The key to a stable global agricultural platform to feed the world

  • Written by experts

  • Richly illustrated


Part of the Biotechnology in Agriculture and Forestry book series (AGRICULTURE, volume 67)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiv
  2. Food and Energy Security and Sustainable Agriculture Policy

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Stephen R. Hughes, Bryan R. Moser, William R. Gibbons
      Pages 15-29
    3. Thomas P. Redick
      Pages 31-57
  3. Soil and Water

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 59-59
    2. Jerry L. Hatfield
      Pages 61-74
    3. Mahbub Alam, Greg Kruger, Sharon B. Megdal, David Songstad
      Pages 75-112
  4. Sustainable and Secure Food Production

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 113-113
    2. Jay Whelan, Ronald Hardy, Richard S. Wilkes, Henry E. Valentin
      Pages 129-169
  5. Agronomic Implications

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 171-171
    2. Ravi P. Sripada, Pradip K. Das, Emilio S. Oyarzabal, Laura Grapes, Doug Griffith, Jennifer Luchte et al.
      Pages 173-196
  6. International Sustainable Agriculture and Food Security

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 237-237
    2. Julie Borlaug, Joseph N. King, Linda Cleboski, Johanna Roman, Ma’ad Mohammed, Michael McWorter et al.
      Pages 295-315
    3. Sylvester Oikeh, Dianah Ngonyamo-Majee, Stephen I. N. Mugo, Kingstone Mashingaidze, Vanessa Cook, Michael Stephens
      Pages 317-329
  7. Chemicals

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 331-331

About this book


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 of fertilizers both in maximizing crop yields to maintain a sustainable secure source for food production.


Biofuel production Energy security Enhanced nutrient management Food security Genetically modified food Sustainability standards Sustainable agriculture Sustainable food production Sustainable land use Sustainable water use Water efficient maize

Editors and affiliations

  • David D. Songstad
    • 1
  • Jerry L. Hatfield
    • 2
  • Dwight T. Tomes
    • 3
  1. 1.Director of Research/Cell BiologyCibus LLCSan DiegoUSA
  2. 2.National Laboratory for Agriculture andUSDA-ARSAmesUSA
  3. 3.GrimesUSA

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