SUSTAINABLE CROP PRODUCTION
The human population is projected to reach 9.5 billion by the year 2050 and will demand at least a 50% further increase in global food production. When you specialize in Sustainable Crop Production, you are providing food, fiber, fuel, and pharmaceuticals for the new economy and a future world.
Sustainable crop production practices can lead to higher yields over time, with less need for expensive and environmentally damaging inputs. Crop production requires nutrient management, soil and water conservation, understanding pollination and energy utilization.
But it is not all about food! Sustainable crop production is intersectional, combining biology, economics, engineering, chemistry, community development and ethical practices. It embraces a broad range of social, economic, financial, environmental and technical issues related to food and fiber production.
Consider the uses of natural oil producing crops or products from natural organic compounds. This could include cosmetics, dietary supplements, pharmaceuticals, foods produced from natural sources and genetic innovation. Or consider how alternative methods of growing food can conserve the surrounding ecosystem.