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Impacts of Industries that Compete for Food Resources

Major industries that compete for land, soil and aquatic resources other than the agriculture and food industries vary from country to country. Industries that tend to degrade or consume large tracts of land globally include the construction, paper and energy industries through deforestation. Deforestation contributes not only to land degradation but “…accounts for around 18% of all global greenhouse gas emissions due to human activities – this is more than global emissions from transport” (“ How Does Deforestation Contribute to Climate Change ?” Climate Council, October 19, 2013). “The most important direct causes of deforestation include the conversion of forest lands for agriculture and cattle raising, urbanization, road construction, industrial logging, mining, oil exploitation, construction of oil and gas pipelines, shrimp farming (in the case of mangroves), fires and the construction of huge hydroelectric dams. Large-scale monoculture tree plantations to ensure the global paper industry with cheap raw material, are also a direct cause of deforestation as in many cases they have been preceded by firing or clearcutting of native forests” (“ The Causes of Deforestation and Those Responsible for It ”, World Rainforest Movement, August 2002.).

The energy supply chain of biofuels, hydropower, photovoltaics, wind, wave and tidal technologies, petroleum, coal and natural gas extraction and distribution have major impacts on resources required for food production. Topics that discuss technologies and practices in these industries for conserving land resources for future food production are included in this section.

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A World at Risk: Aggregating Development Trends to Forecast Global Habitat Conversion

The authors of this article project and aggregate global spatial patterns of expected urban and agricultural expansion, as well as…

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PLoS ONE

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7 October 2015

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Agrivoltaic Systems to Optimise Land Use for Electric Energy Production

In this work, a patented “agrivoltaic” solar tracking system named Agrovoltaico is examined in combination with a maize crop in…

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Applied Energy

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15 June 2018

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Agrivoltaic Potential on Grape Farms in India

To investigate and quantify PV generation potential, without significantly harming agriculture output, the authors of this study explore the viability…

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Sustainable Energy Technologies and Assessments

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1 October 2017

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Concrete Thermal Energy Storage for Linear Fresnel Collectors: Exploiting the South Mediterranean’s Solar Potential for Agri-food Processes

This case study examines the possibility of generating, by a solar industrial process heating plant, the thermal energy required annually…

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Energy Conversion and Management

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15 June 2018

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Food Processing Industry Energy and Water Consumption in the Pacific Northwest

This aims to quantify key sources of energy and water consumption in the food processing industry. It focuses on food-related…

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Innovative Food Science and Emerging Technologies

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1 June 2018

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Food Consumption and Waste in Spanish Households: Water Implications Within and Beyond National Borders

This paper focuses on assessing the water-related implications of food consumption and waste among Spanish consumers to discern possible policy…

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Ecological Indicators

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1 June 2018

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Globalization and the Water-Energy-Food Nexus: Using the Global Production Networks Approach to Analyze Society-Environment Relations

Economic globalization (e.g. through transnational trade and foreign direct investment) results in a global conjunction of actors, interests and impacts,…

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Environmental Science and Policy

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15 December 2017

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Identifying Critical Supply Chains and Final Products: An Input-output Approach to Exploring the Energy-Water-Food Nexus

The authors of this paper take the United Kingdom as a case study and calculate energy, water and food consumption-based…

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Applied Energy

Date:

15 January 2018

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The Water-Energy-Food Nexus in East Asia: A Tele-connected Value Chain Analysis Using Inter-regional Input-output Analysis

In this article, the transnational interregional input-output approach is used in a tele-connected water-energy-food nexus analysis of the East Asia…

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Applied Energy

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15 January 2018

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Making Sustainable Energy Choices

Economics, energy markets and policies, system performance, environmental regulations, carbon emissions, and social impacts are all important components of the…

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National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL)

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1 October 2014

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Renewable Energy in the Water, Energy & Food Nexus

Providing the broad analysis that has been lacking on the interactions of renewables within water and food sectors. Building on…

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International Renewable Energy Agency

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1 January 2015

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Environmental Sustainability Issues in the Food–Energy–Water Nexus: Breakfast Cereals and Snacks

This study explores the environmental sustainability issues in the food–energy–water nexus by considering breakfast cereals manufactured by one of the…

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Sustainable Production and Consumption

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1 April 2015

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Environmental Impacts of Food Consumption in Europe

In order to assess the environmental impact of food consumption, a lifecycle assessment (LCA)-based approach has been applied to a…

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Journal of Cleaner Production

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1 January 2017

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Energy-Water Nexus in Urban Industrial System

This work proposed an environmental input-output analysis based methodological model to depict the nexus and reflect its dualistic impacts on…

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Energy Procedia

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1 June 2016

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Food Security

The USDA Office of the Chief Economist Climate Change Program Office webpage provides food security and related information.

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United States Department of Agriculture (USDA)

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1 December 2015