Chapter 1: Solar, wind and geothermal energy applications in agriculture: back to the future?

Jochen Bundschuh, Guangnan Chen, Barbara Tomaszewska, NorEddine Ghaffour, Shahbaz Mushtaq, Ihsan Hamawand, Kathryn Reardon-Smith, Tek Maraseni, Thomas Banhazi, Hacene Mahmoudi, Mattheus Goosen, Diogenes L. Antille

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    The agri-food chain consumes about one third of the world’s energy production with about 12% for crop production and nearly 80% for processing, distribution, retail, preparation and cooking (Fig. 1.1) (FAO, 2011a). The agri-food chain also accounts for 80-90% of total global freshwater use (Hoff, 2011) where 70% is for irrigation alone. Additionally, on a global scale, freshwater production consumes nearly 15% of the entire energy production (IEA, 2012). It can therefore be argued that making agriculture and the agri-food supply chain independent from fossil fuel use has huge potential to contribute to global food security and climate protection not only for the next decades, but also for the coming century. Provision of secure, accessible and environmentally sustainable supplies of water, energy and food must thus be a priority.
    Original languageEnglish (US)
    Title of host publicationSustainable Energy Developments
    PublisherInforma UK Limited
    Number of pages32
    ISBN (Print)9781138029705
    StatePublished - Sep 13 2017


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