Food, water and energy -- they may not seem like they are connected but the systems that help produce and bring fresh food and energy as well as clean, abundant water to you, are intertwined.
Freshwater is literally the lifeblood of agriculture. Learn why water is important to agriculture and how agriculture can impact water.
Energy has always been essential for the production of food. Prior to the industrial revolution, the primary energy input for agriculture was the sun. As a result of the industrialization and consolidation of agriculture, food production has become
It takes a significant amount of water to create energy, and a significant amount of energy to move and treat water.
How are food, water and energy connected? Find out in "Food, Water and Energy: Know the Nexus," a new paper that explains how and where these systems intersect, how they rely upon each other to function and how they can have a significant impact on
Happy Holidays! It's BEST OF listmaking-time these days, and in spite of the groans of the blogosphere, we couldn't resist taking stock of the past year. So now, in the second of two installments, here's an Ecocentric look back at some of the most
We're experiencing the food, water and energy nexus first-hand. The worst drought since 1956 might produce significant impacts on food and fuel prices and could cause urban water supplies in some US regions to dry up.
Ecocentric's Kyle Rabin is moderating a panel at the Brooklyn Food Conference today on the interrelated nature of food, water and energy systems, so we thought we'd share some facts with our readers who aren't able to attend.
Here is a list of reports that illustrate and document the food, water and energy nexus.
Here is a list of organizations that are leaders in better planning for and managing the food, water and energy nexus.
As a result of the industrialization and consolidation of agriculture, food production has become increasingly dependent on energy derived from fossil fuels. Food crops are also becoming fuels themselves.
The role that natural gas fracking will play in the United States' energy future is rapidly evolving.
Learn more about Water Footprints and how they help reveal the virtual water "hidden" in the things we buy, use and consume every day.
At the heart of the food/water/energy nexus, a proposed pipeline draws what may have been the largest environmental protest the White House has seen in decades.
There's a whole world beyond the United States with differing resources, cultures and values placed on how and why water is used. A water footprint digital visualization helps us better understand.
What will it take to convince the federal government that water and energy are tightly intertwined...and therefore their respective planning and policy must be closely linked?
Last Saturday, the folks at 350.org and others around the world participated in a global event designed to demonstrate that climate change is no longer a shadow looming on a distant horizon. It’s evident in an upsurge in extreme weather -- how
Are new developments in the decades-long cold war over the average water footprint of beef worth revisiting or does the grudge match remain?
As we watch the events unfold at the Fukushima nuclear power plant we are struck by how yet again the interdependencies of water and energy are on full display.
The debate raging around fracking is very familiar to Greg Swartz: Fracking offers a potential economic boost for landowners, but carries with it potential health and safety hazards and risk of severe environmental degradation.
A summary of the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) 2012 issue paper on food waste that adeptly frames the increasingly popular topic and summarizes the opportunities to reduce wasted food - and money - along its journey from farm to landfill.
When going green, consider these actions which can help ease tensions within the food/water/energy nexus.
Learn how Cindy and Mike Ridenour, along with their daughter, Mary, have successfully operated Meadow Maid Foods - a sustainable producer and purveyor of grassfed beef and numerous vegetables - by integrating water and energy inputs to make their ran
Maybe it was the fact that I tied the knot with my beautiful wife, Laura. Or maybe it was the blustery entrance of Hurricane Irene the following day. Let's just say it was an unforgettable weekend.
While supervising a recycling and waste disposal program, Wayne Koeckeritz was so bothered by all the food waste destined for the landfill that he did something about it. He quit his job as a facility manager of a luxury hotel, bought a used garbage
Older power plants are addicted to water, but changing weather patterns and increasing demands are making water more scarce and putting these outdated plants at risk. Can the power industry kick its water habit?
Small-scale renewable energy has an important role to play in the sustainable use and management of our energy, food and water resources.
In a preview of the Bonn2011 Conference, three experts recommend initiatives to address the interconnections within the water, energy and food security nexus.
Superstorm Sandy revealed how creative, sustainable solutions can make a difference in hard-hit areas, while aging and outdated infrastructure have compounded problems.
From New York to Ohio and beyond, Superstorm Sandy brought climate change and the nexus into millions of our homes and lives like never before. As the cleanup and recovery efforts continue, we're thinking about how to pitch in - and how food, water a
You might be surprised by how much meat and dairy you eat. The water footprint of meat and dairy production can be larger than a person's direct water use.
It takes a significant amount of water to create energy. Water is used to cool steam electric power plants - fueled by coal, oil, natural gas and nuclear power - and is required to generate hydropower. Water is also used in great quantities during f
The food, water and energy nexus is made a lot more approachable when presented in an animated video with a soothing, English-accented narrator.
You may not realize it, but when you use energy, you're also using water indirectly - lots of it!
What we eat - our diet - makes up at least two-thirds of our total water footprint, which includes the large volume of "virtual water" needed to produce food.
Although unseen, millions of gallons of water go into the products we buy and use, which makes consumer awareness an important step towards water conservation.
The average American family of four throws away the equivalent of up to $2,275 annually in food; just one of many astonishing facts in a new analysis by NRDC.
Ever think about how much energy goes into your food? In the U.S., it takes about 10 units of fossil energy to produce one unit of food energy.