“Energy-Smart” Agriculture Need to Escape Fossil Fuel Trap

The FAO is pushing for efficient energy usage in the agricultural sector, as a means of combating food price and fossil fuel price increases. The food sector uses 95 exa-Joules yearly, which is nearly 30% of energy consumption globally. Efficient postharvest processing and transportation can help to reduce energy use, and PHL reduction gains a new importance as not only food, but also much energy is wasted with continued loss. The FAO also pushes for local, renewable energy sources to be used in processing and storage, as well as drying.


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