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dc.contributor.authorTaylor, Liza Thomas
dc.description.abstractThe 2014 world population is over seven billion and growing rapidly. Food production to feed this population relies on dwindling supplies of subsidized fossil energy. Experts agree that the potential of renewable energy is minimal and inadequate when compared to current global fossil energy use. The goal of this research is to aid in the transition to a post-industrial world by providing simple, effective ways to design productive farms by applying the laws of thermodynamics. The research question is: “How can the laws of thermodynamics influence landscape design and reduce direct and indirect energy inputs in rural agricultural systems to achieve energy independence?” Through a review of the energy laws, an analysis of modern agriculture, classification of agricultural inputs, and historical precedent studies, this thesis develops energy-based design guidelines intended to reduce the energy required for food production in order to foster a safer, healthier and more secure future.
dc.subjectsustainable agriculture
dc.subjectorganic agriculture
dc.subjectenergy landscapes
dc.subjectenergy-based design
dc.subjectdesign guidelines
dc.titleFed up with energy hungry agricultural landscapes
dc.title.alternativeusing energy principles to develop design guidelines for agricultural landscapes to reduce energy use in food production
dc.description.departmentCollege of Environment and Design
dc.description.majorLandscape Architecture
dc.description.advisorAlfred Vick
dc.description.committeeAlfred Vick
dc.description.committeeMelissa Tufts
dc.description.committeeDavid Gattie
dc.description.committeeJon Calabria

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