Food, Energy, and Society / Edition 3

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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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Editorial Reviews

A new edition of the analysis of energy use in relation to natural resources, technology, economic development, and demographics, assessing problems of sustainability and solutions. The discussions consider topics in solar energy, manipulating ecosystems for agriculture, the historical uses of human and animal energy, fish and agricultural production, ethanol fuels, and environmental impacts. The revision emphasizes food production systems and their use of land, water, energy, and biological resources, and the planning policy dilemmas facing individuals and nations in terms of providing food and a quality environment for the future. Includes statistical tables. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781420046670
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 10/4/2007
  • Edition description: REV
  • Edition number: 3
  • Pages: 400
  • Product dimensions: 6.40 (w) x 9.40 (h) x 1.00 (d)

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

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