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Energy-smart food at FAO: an overview

This study on energy smart food production by the Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations (FAO) stresses that agriculture’s dependence on fossil fuels is undermining efforts to build a more sustainable world economy. It notes that world food production consumes 30 per cent of all available energy, most of which occurs after the food leaves the farm. The paper calls for: increasing the efficiency of direct and indirect energy use in agrifood systems; using more renewable energy as a substitute for fossil fuels; and improving access to energy services for poor households. It also outlines numerous approaches to adapt practices to become less energy intensive.