Michael Bomford

Fellow, Agriculture & Energy

Food & Agriculture

Michael Bomford is a research scientist and extension specialist at Kentucky State University, and an adjunct faculty member in the University of Kentucky Department of Horticulture. His work focuses on organic and sustainable agriculture systems suitable for adoption by small farms operating with limited resources. His projects examine practical ways to reduce food system energy use and meet farm energy needs using renewable resources produced on-farm. Michael has a Master of Pest Management from Simon Fraser University, and a PhD in Plant and Soil Sciences from West Virginia University, where he conducted research on one of the nation's first land grant university farms operated entirely according to national organic standards.


Reality Report: Michael Bomford Interview

length: 57:28   credit: Reality Reportdownload   Jun 16, 2009

What does a modern, productive food system without fossil fuels look like and how might we get there? In this episode of The Reality Report, host Jason Bradford speaks with Michael Bomford of Kentucky State University. Mike discusses his research on the energy and labor inputs of different farming methods and covers much of the information contained in the booklet The Food and Farming Transition co-authored with Richard Heinberg.

Latest Publications

Organics and Sustainability: Reflections on my New York Times Misquote

Michael Bomford    Jan 24, 2012   

The phone rang as I was tying up loose ends for my last day in the office before Christmas. New York Times reporter Elisabeth Rosenthal wanted my thoughts on the sustainability of organic agriculture… a subject that I … >>

Against the Grain

Michael Bomford    Jul 30, 2012   

By Ellie Winninghoff PCI Board Member Jason Bradford leads the farmland management program at Farmland LP. While farmland is a hot alternative vehicle among institutional investors like Harvard University and TIAA-Cref, some … >>

REPORT: Natural Gas Report Supplements: Public Health, Agriculture, Transportation

Michael Bomford    Jun 01, 2011   

The challenges posed by shale gas production have serious implications for the future of agriculture, transportation, and health in the United States. In this collection of articles, PCI Fellows explore what the Hughes … >>

The Post Carbon Reader

Michael Bomford

How do population, water, energy, food, and climate issues impact one another? What can we do to address one problem without making the others worse? The Post Carbon Reader features essays by some of the world’s most … >>

press coverage

Bomford quoted in NYT article on organic food

Michael Bomford  

Post Carbon Fellow Michael Bomford was quoted in this New York Times article about the organic food standards. From the article: Experts agree that in general organic farms tend to be less damaging to the environment than … >>