Energy descent and New Zealand agriculture. Solis Norton November 24, 2011. For correspondence: [email protected] Introduction. Exponential human growth is unsustainable - Bartlett Same lecture, 1600 times since 1969 – no effect Western world (ag) continues to intensify
Declining energy is synonymous with a transition toward organic production systems
Characteristics of organic systems
Organic production systems are less intensive
Organic systems are not more efficient
Food production will decline
Driven by profit or sustainability?
The coming challenges are unavoidable
No framework or even language exists to meet them
The time for extensive research to assess plans grows short
A small dedicated group is one alternative to investigate options and communicate issues
Cheap to run and well connected, it could offer real benefit
Action while action is still easy.