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Sustainable Agricultural Chemistry in the 21st Century
Green Chemistry Nexus

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ISBN 9780367744588
May 31, 2023 Forthcoming by CRC Press
320 Pages 30 Color & 9 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

Agriculture is one of the oldest and most global human enterprises, and as the world struggles with sustainable practices and policies, agricultural chemistry has a clear role to play. This book highlights the ways in which science in agriculture is helping to achieve global sustainability in the 21st century, and demonstrates that this science can and should be a leading contributor in discussion on environmental science and chemistry. The four drivers of this subject are presented, those being economic, environmental, regulatory and scientific, and help showcase agricultural chemistry as a dynamic subject that is contributing to this necessity of global sustainability in the 21st century.

Table of Contents

  1. Criteria for Sustainable Agricultural Chemistry
  2. Agricultural chemistry in global sustainability
  3. Forces in agricultural chemistry and the need for circularity
  4. Life cycle assessment with circularity
  5. Use of natural resources affecting sustainability
  6. Programs and Processes that Define Agricultural Chemistry in the 21st Century
  7. Unsustainable Agricultural Waste Streams
  8. Agricultural Chemistry in the Food, Energy, and Water Nexus
  9. Sustainable Intensive Agriculture
  10. Circularity - Environmental, Chemical, Agricultural
  11. Smart Agriculture through Agricultural Chemistry
  12. Crop Protection and Agricultural Green Chemistry
  13. Sustainable Agricultural Chemistry - The Biorefinery
  14. Epilogue – Building a Sustainable Agricultural Chemistry

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William M. Nelson is a Research Physical Scientist at the Engineering Research and Development Center for the US Army Corps of Engineers in Vicksburg, MS. He received a B.S. in chemistry from University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill in 1972, an MA in chemistry from Washington University in St. Louis in 1982, and a Ph.D. in organic chemistry from The Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore in 1989, during which time he studied the synthesis and photobiology of analogs of the environmental carcinogen benzo[a]pyrene. After that he did postdoctoral studies in photochemistry at the University of Illinois in Champaign-Urbana. After leading R&D for a small pharmaceutical company, he worked for the State of Illinois, helping companies minimize waste and prevent pollution. Since 1995 he has been involved with Green and Environmental Chemistries while working in the US Environmental Protection Agency, the US Food and Drug Administration, and teaching at colleges and universities. During all this time he has also served as Supervisor, Branch Chief, and mentor to many aspiring scientists. The emphases in his research have been in organic reaction mechanisms, preparation of alternative cleaning technologies, green solvents, photocatalysis and synthesis of energetic compounds. He has jointly authored 2 patent applications and has published/presented more than 40 papers.