Food, Energy, and Society, Third Edition

Food, Energy, and Society, Third Edition

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Features

  • 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
  • Presents the food consumption practices of various groups, including the !Kung bushmen of Botswana, a primitive New Guinea community, and a village in the Tepoztlan region of Mexico
  • Discusses how much and what kind of energy is used in fish, grain, legume, fruit, and vegetable production
  • Compares the energy and economic aspects of 20 cropping systems in developing and developed countries
  • Provides a variety of quantitative data on renewable energy technologies, including hydroelectric systems, biomass, wind power, photovoltaics, hydrogen fuel cells, and biofuels
  • Summary

    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.

    Table of Contents

    Preface Energy and Society
    David Pimentel and Marcia Pimentel
    Energy and Power
    David Pimentel and Marcia Pimentel
    Solar Energy in Natural and Managed Ecosystems
    David Pimentel and Marcia Pimentel
    Ecological System, Natural Resources, and Food Supplies
    David Pimentel and Marcia Pimentel
    Manipulating Ecosystems for Agriculture
    David Pimentel and Marcia Pimentel
    Hunter-Gatherers and Early Agriculture
    David Pimentel and Marcia Pimentel
    Early Livestock Systems and Animal Power
    David Pimentel and Marcia Pimentel
    Livestock Production and Energy Use
    David Pimentel
    Energy Use in Fish and Aquacultural Production
    David Pimentel, R.E. Shanks, and J.C. Rylander
    Energy Use in Grain and Legume Production
    David Pimentel and Marcia Pimentel
    Energy Use in Fruit, Vegetable, and Forage Production
    David Pimentel and Marcia Pimentel
    Energy Inputs in Crop Production in Developing and Developed  Countries
    David Pimentel, R. Doughty, C. Carothers, S. Lamberson, N. Bora, and K. Lee
    Environmental and Economic Costs of the Application of Pesticides Primarily in the United States
    David Pimentel
    Water Resources: Agricultural and Environmental Issues
    David Pimentel, B. Berger, D. Filberto, M. Newton, B. Wolfe, E. Karabinakis, S. Clark, E. Poon, E. Abbett, and S. Nandagopal
    Soil Erosion: A Food and Environmental Threat
    David Pimentel    
    Conservation of Biological Diversity in Agricultural, Forestry, and Marine Systems
    David Pimentel, T. Petrova, M. Riley, J. Jacquet, V. Ng, J. Holloway, and E. Valero
    Food Processing, Packaging, and Preparation
    David Pimentel and Marcia Pimentel
    Transport of Agricultural Supplies and Foods
    David Pimentel and Marcia Pimentel
    Renewable Energy: Current and Potential Issues
    David Pimentel, M. Herz, M. Whitecraft, M. Zimmerman, R. Allen, K. Becker, J. Evans, B. Hussan, R. Sarsfield, A. Grosfeld, and T. Seidel
    Biomass:  Food versus Fuel
    David Pimentel, A.F. Warneke, W.S. Teal, K.A. Schwarb, N.J. Simcox, D.M. Ebert, K.D. Baenisch, and M.R. Aaaron
    Ethanol Production Using Corn, Switchgrass, and Wood; Biodiesel Production Using Soybean and Sunflower
    David Pimentel and T. Patzek
    U.S. Energy Conservation and Efficiency: Benefits and Costs
    David Pimentel, A. Pleasant, J. Barron, J. Gaudioso, N. Pollock, E. Chae, Y. Kim, A. Lassiter, C. Schiavoni, A. Jackson, M. Lee, and A. Eaton
    Summing Up: Options and Solutions
    David Pimentel and Marcia Pimentel
    Index

    Editorial Reviews

    “I use this book all the time, and have found it to be one of the best in the field for useful facts and tables linking over-population, energy requirements, and food production.” —Stephen R. Gliessman, University of California, Santa Cruz, USA

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