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The miracle of the Green Revolution was made possible by cheap fossil fuels to supply crops with artificial fertilizer, pesticides, and irrigation. Estimates of the net energy balance of agriculture in the US show that ten calories of hydrocarbon energy are required to produce one calorie of food. Such an imbalance cannot continue in a world of diminishing hydrocarbon resources.
Eating Fossil Fuels examines the interlinked crises of energy and agriculture and highlights some startling findings:
Concluding that the effect of energy depletion will be disastrous without a transition to a sustainable, relocalized agriculture, the book draws on the experiences of North Korea and Cuba to demonstrate stories of failure and success in the transition to non-hydrocarbon-based agriculture. It urges strong grassroots activism for sustainable, localized agriculture and a natural shrinking of the world's population.(2006-05-01)
Good reading and very insightful. It was also used for my Environmental science course and the professor put it to good use.Published 19 months ago by Hider
My daughter needed this book for school and found it on your website. It is working well for her. Thanks.Published on January 28, 2013 by Diana James
This book started off a little depressing, but it ended with a very positive message. It makes you think and question where food comes from, and how we can continue to rely on... Read morePublished on September 6, 2012 by haybales
"Eating Fossil Fuels" is a quick and interesting read. Pfeiffer makes some excellent points and some of the statistics he included are indeed very troubling. Read morePublished on February 21, 2011 by CrimsonGirl
I can only say that I was a bit dissappointed with the depth of material in the book. I feel I could find far more relevant info on the web. Read morePublished on March 24, 2009 by Green Guru
Even though I believe that this book is on an important subject, I thought that the material was overly brief and only stated what others have said without proof. Read morePublished on August 8, 2008 by John S
I bought this book by Mr. Dale Allen Pfeiffer even after reading his horrible book "The End of the Oil Age." I don't care who this author hates, blames or votes for. Read morePublished on July 2, 2008 by keith renick
This book creates a false alarm about our future limited by fossil energy availability, energy utilization, and its impact on food production. Read morePublished on February 6, 2008 by Harry W. Parker
This book covers the coming problems in agriculture due to a shortage of oil and thus fertilizers and pesticides. Read morePublished on September 18, 2007 by Amazon Customer