Creative and Innovative Research: Our Only Hope for Achieving Sustainable Food and Energy Security

  • Gale A. BuchananEmail author
  • Raymond L. Orbach
Part of the Biotechnology in Agriculture and Forestry book series (AGRICULTURE, volume 67)


Food and energy security are among the most critical challenges on our planet today. Food is required for our survival. Likewise, energy is necessary to sustain our civilization as we know and have come to expect. It is important to realize that while food and energy are inextricability linked, there is a common denominator for a solution to meeting these challenges. If we as a society are to meet the needs and greater expectations of over nine billion people who will inhabit this planet in only 40 years, there must be a robust commitment to research. Research is critical to developing new and innovative technology that will enable a new paradigm in food production. Also, research is critical to developing more effective means of harvesting all fossil energy remaining on the planet, but more importantly, research will enable the development of alternative sources of energy. Consequently, investment in research is clearly our best and only hope for a sustainable society.


Food Security Corn Stover Green Revolution Energy Security Sustainable Food 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.National Environmentally Sound Production Agriculture LaboratoryUniversity of GeorgiaTiftonUSA
  2. 2.Departments of Mechanical Engineering and Physics, and the Jackson School of GeosciencesThe University of Texas at AustinAustinUSA

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