If you need to get to know about Sorghum or Millet or want to get some of developments, this conference publication could be very useful.
Unfortunately this conference is now 10 years old so doesn’t present the very latest state of the industry, but does contain two good reviews which are always relevant and some of the science of the time around food products, nutrition, plant breeding, sorghum based polymers and consumer preferences.
With international researchers like Professors Belton, Rooney and Taylor one can rest assured that the standard and focus of the work was of the highest standard. The web site presents a wide range of papers as well as the questions arising and the way forward through focus group and a prioritised list of research needs.
This conference was the output of a development funded project, so has no direct project follow up. However, there has surely been more work in the technology areas identified and maybe there were activities in ideas/groups born from the conference. I have not been able to find a collection of this type of information and would be interested to hear about your experiences and share further information here.
To put this in some kind of perspective this is about the same size as the carbon footprint of the territory of Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da Cunha and equal to around a month of Burundi’s footprint. From another viewpoint it is equivalent to something over 1 minute of China’s annual footprint or about equal to the anual footprint of about 900 US citizens.
All very confusing, but does it make sense for 25 000 people to travel, which is the major source of emissions, to “the other end of the world” to discuss how to reduce emissions? What would be the carbon footprint as well as the effectivity of doing this by alternate means of communication. PS just for those who might wonder, my very simplistic view of a carbon footprint and why we look at it is:
The carbon footprint is a quantitative measure of gasses released into the atmosphere that create a greenhouse effect
The greenhouse effect results in a rise in the atmosphere’s temperature
A rising atmospheric temperature has many effects including more variable weather, water level rise and changes in farming environment
These effects are negative for the future of the world
A previous DIGIVU post, reported a clever graphics which presented the carbon footprint of a number of foods in a graphical form. Have a look at this, it’s really informative.