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Food, Energy, and Society

3rd Edition

Edited by David Pimentel, Ph.D., Marcia H. Pimentel, M.S.

CRC Press

400 pages | 35 B/W Illus.

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pub: 2007-10-04
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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.


“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

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


Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
NATURE / Ecology
SCIENCE / Life Sciences / Ecology
TECHNOLOGY & ENGINEERING / Agriculture / Forestry