Posted by: McCarty Hatfield on Nov 4, 2013
CAAS Professor Speaks at TEDxUSU
CAAS professor of crop physiology and plant nutrition Bruce Bugbee was one of eight featured speakers who presented at Utah State University’s popular TEDxUSU event on November 5, which sold-out.
“It is a great honor to be asked to represent the College of Agriculture and Applied Sciences in this year’s TEDx event,” Bugbee said.
Focusing on this year’s theme, “survive,” and using unique visual aids, Bugbee addressed our global footprint and the tremendous amount of water used in food production. He also evaluated today’s water supply crisis and demonstrated the difference that a few small changes can make.
“Few people realize that our diet has a larger effect on the environment than the cars we drive,” said Bugbee.
As a professor and researcher, Bugbee seeks to improve the efficiency of water use in agriculture because many people are unaware of the influence that water has on the ability to grow food.
He and his students worked with NASA scientists 30 years ago to develop a life-support system in space — a project that required recycling to produce food from waste and the perfect balance of carbon dioxide, oxygen and water.
Bugbee also served as chairman of the Crop Physiology division of the American Society of Agronomy and is the founder of Apogee Instruments, a manufacturing company for scientific measuring tools. He has presented at a number of universities and conferences in places like Europe, Australia, China and Brazil and authored or co-authored over 100 journal articles and book chapters.