Food, Energy, and Society, Third Edition

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David Pimentel, Ph.D., Marcia H. Pimentel, M.S.
CRC Press, Oct 4, 2007 - Nature - 400 pages
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Since the publication of the first edition of Food, Energy, and Society, the world’s natural resources have become even more diminished due to the rapid expansion of the global human population. We are faced with dwindling food supplies in certain geographic areas, increasing pressure on energy resources, and the imminent extinction of many threatened species. In light of these major issues, this third edition presents an updated and expanded analysis on the interdependency of food, energy, water, land, and biological resources.

Written by internationally renowned experts, the book includes new material on livestock production and energy use, the impacts of pesticides on the environment, and the conservation of biodiversity in agricultural, forestry, and marine systems. It also compares the energy inputs of crop production in developing and developed countries, covers the agricultural and environmental issues related to water resources, and details the threat of soil erosion to food and the environment. In addition, the book explores the very timely topics of solar energy, biomass systems, and ethanol production.

Offering a startling glimpse at what our planet may become, this edition shows how to achieve the necessary balance between basic human needs and environmental resources and provides potential solutions to the host of problems we face today.

 

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User Review  - KeithAkers - LibraryThing

I've read the first two editions, the first around 1980 when I was writing "A Vegetarian Sourcebook" and the second a few years ago when I wanted an update. Now that I realize there is a third edition ... Read full review

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User Review  - quantum_flapdoodle - LibraryThing

A collection of contributed papers from varied authors. As with most collections of this sort, the quality is spotty, but there are quite a few good essays in the book, though many of them are dense and written in stupefyingly obscurantist language. Read full review

Contents

Chapter 1 Energy and Society
1
Chapter 2 Energy and Power
9
Chapter 3 Solar Energy in Natural and Managed Ecosystems
17
Chapter 4 Ecological Systems Natural Resources and Food Supplies
21
Chapter 5 Manipulating Ecosystems for Agriculture
37
Chapter 6 HunterGatherers and Early Agriculture
45
Chapter 7 Early Livestock Systems and Animal Power
57
Chapter 8 Livestock Production and Energy Use
67
Agricultural and Environmental Issues
183
A Food and Environmental Threat
201
Chapter 16 Conservation of Biological Diversity in Agricultural Forestry and Marine Systems
221
Chapter 17 Food Processing Packaging and Preparation
245
Chapter 18 Transport of Agricultural Supplies and Foods
257
Current and Potential Issues
259
Food versus Fuel
277
Chapter 21 Ethanol Production Using Corn Switchgrass and Wood Biodiesel Production Using Soybean and Sunflower
311

Chapter 9 Energy Use in Fish and Aquacultural Production
77
Chapter 10 Energy Use in Grain and Legume Production
99
Chapter 11 Energy Use in Fruit Vegetable and Forage Production
121
Chapter 12 Energy Inputs in Crop Production in Developing and Developed Countries
137
Chapter 13 Environmental and Economic Costs of the Application of Pesticides Primarily in the United States
161
Benefits and Costs
333
Options and Solutions
359
Index
369
Back cover
381
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