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.
Part I-Food and Energy Security and Sustainable Agriculture Policy
1) Creative and Innovative Research - Our Only Hope for Achieving Sustainable Food and Energy Security. Gale A. Buchanan and Raymond L. Orbach
2) Moving Toward Energy Security and Sustainability in 2050 by Reconfiguring Biofuel Production. Stephen R. Hughes, Bryan R. Moser and William R. Gibbons.
3) Sustainability Standards
Thomas P. Redick
Part II-Soil and Water
4) Soil Degradation, Land Use and Sustainability
Jerry L. Hatfield
5) Impact of Technology and Policy on Sustainable Agricultural Water Use and Food Security. Mahbub Alam, Greg Kruger, Sharon B. Megdal and David D. Songstad
Part III-Sustainable and Secure Food Production
6) Turning the GM Battleship: The Tide of Popular Opinion and the Future of Genetically Modified Foods
James E. McWilliams
7) Sustainable Production of Omega-3 Fatty Acids
Jay Whelan, Ron Hardy, Rick Wilkes and Henry Valentin
Part IV-Agronomic Implications
8) Achieving Sustainable Agriculture: Overview of Current and Future Agronomic Best Practices. Ravi P. Sripada, Pradip K. Das, Emilio S. Oyarzabal, Laura Grapes, Doug Griffith, Jennifer Luchte and David D. Songstad
9) Sustainable Agriculture and Soybean Breeding: Contribution of Soybean Yield Increase to Sustainable Agriculture. Duska Stojsin, Kevin W. Matson, Richard A. Leitz
10) Impact of Herbicide Tolerant Crops on Soil Health and Sustainable Agriculture Crop Production. S.H. Lee, D.E. Clay and S.A. Clay
Part V-International Sustainable Agriculture and Food Security
11) The Role of Biotechnology in Sustainable Agriculture of the 21st Century: The Commercial Introduction of Bollgard II in Burkina Faso.
Jeff Vitale and John Greenplate
12) The Borlaug Institute and Its Contributions to World Food and Economic Security
Julie Borlaug, Josesph N. King, Linda Cleboski, Johanna Roman, Ma'ad Mohammed, Michael McWorter and Virginia M. Peschke
13) Water Efficient Maize for Africa (WEMA): An Example of a Public Private Partnership
Sylvester Oikeh, Dianah Ngonyamo-Majee, Stephen I.N. Mugo,
Kingstone Mashingaidze, Vanessa Cook and Michael Stephens
14) The Importance of Herbicides for Natural Resource Conservation in the U.S.
Leonard Gianessi and Ashley Williams
15) The 4R-BMP Concept: Enhanced Nutrient Management for Agricultural Sustainability and Food and Energy Security