Dr. James Stone, associate professor of civil and environmental engineering at South Dakota School of Mines and Technology, organized an October 2015 FEW workshop. The workshop, titled, A Sustainable Rural Framework Workshop for the Upper Great Plains, explored sustainable rural supply chain problems and related Food-Energy-Water nexus research needs in the semi-arid Upper Great Plains. Dr. Stone took time to answer some questions about FEW Nexus research.
Ariela Zycherman (AZ): What made you interested in the Food-Energy-Water nexus?
James Stone (JS): My recent research involves life-cycle assessments (LCA) of various environmental and food related systems. LCA is a tool which allows us to better understand the environmental impact of products and processes. It becomes apparent when conducting LCAs that agricultural production, energy, water, and the economics of these resources are inherently connected. Continue reading