Energy Agriculture

Energy Agriculture Overview

Production, processing and marketing of agricultural products require and consume significant amounts of energy. According to the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), agriculture alone accounted for over 1.5 million Btu of energy in 2016, adding that this was a result of agriculture becoming more energy intensive between 2012 and 2015. However, global food systems are estimated to account for an average of 22.5% global energy consumption. This happens directly when machineries that consume fossil fuels are used on the farm, or indirectly with the use of agrochemicals such as fertilizers, pesticides and herbicides. The processes of manufacturing and transportation as part of the food supply chain also consume high amounts of energy.
The significant amounts of energy consumed in agriculture in addition to methane gas emission in livestock farming, make it a major contributor to climate change. This is why experts emphasize the need to rethink our food systems to become sustainable with the ability to produce more with less. Sustainable food systems may involve shorter and more energy efficient supply chains and a substitution of agrochemicals for more organic and eco-friendly alternatives. We are interested in the success of your business. Please contact us for expert advisory services on the efficient use of energy in agriculture.