Increasing the efficiency of our food (and energy) supply
Food and energy are linked. Undeniably. No matter your point of view.
Lets look at the evidence – we used energy to produce food and food to produce energy. Energy drives our tractors and irrigates our fields. We need food to live. But today’s food produces not only the energy needed by our muscles but also the fuel we use in our cars.
Without energy, our food would be produced using high levels of man power for low yields per hour input (lots of farm hands, not many acres). Instead, a small crew of people can oversee thousands of acres that are commonly seeded with genetically modified organisms (which also took energy to create). But, with these advances have come several significant problems including the negative environmental effects of energy (and fossil fuel) intensive farming techniques and how to continue increasing yield in the face of a decreasing fossil fuel supply.
Amanda Cuellar, author of the op-ed titled Food and Energy: The Future of U.S. Agriculture is optimistic about our ability to address these concerns. Ms. Cuellar discusses that the high yields and variety we enjoy in our agricultural sector are the product of decades of increasingly energy and fossil fuel intensive farming techniques. As environmental and supply concerns increase, we must increase the efficiency of our agricultural practices. Fortunately, we already have the required techniques and technologies achieve greater efficiency in our food supply chain.
To read Ms. Cuellar’s op-ed, visit the Baines Report website.