1st Edition

Sustainable Agricultural Chemistry in the 21st Century Green Chemistry Nexus

By William Nelson Copyright 2023
    312 Pages 30 Color & 9 B/W Illustrations
    by CRC Press

    312 Pages 30 Color & 9 B/W Illustrations
    by CRC Press

    312 Pages 30 Color & 9 B/W Illustrations
    by CRC Press

    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 twenty- first century, and demonstrates that this science can and should be a leading contributor in discussions 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 twenty-first century.


    • Explains the necessary role of agricultural chemistry in the sustainability of the world in the 21st century
    • Recognizes past practices and future potential, guided by global demand and the four drivers: economic, scientific, regulatory and environmental
    • Presents a much needed multi-dimensional approach to the subject
    • Demonstrates that agricultural chemistries can and should be leading contributors in discussion on environmental science and chemistry
    •  Highlights new products, processes, applications and developments in green chemistry, which demonstrates how agriculture is adapting in the new age

    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


    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.