- Hardcover: 363 pages
- Publisher: Univ Pr of Colorado; Revised, Subsequent edition (December 1, 1996)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0870813862
- ISBN-13: 978-0870813863
- Product Dimensions: 6.5 x 1.2 x 9.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 5 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #7,777,787 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Food, Energy, and Society Hardcover – December 1, 1996
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The book enlights the reader with a different approach and metodology to understand how the first and second laws of thermodynamics applies to understand how the resources of energy are used.
The information is drawn from what seem to be very rigorous studies and is presented in a logical manner that helps guide the reader through what otherwise might be slightly inaccessible material. There are lots of numbers in this book, but Pimentel and Pimentel explain them in a context that makes sense to the layperson.
Highlights of this book:
(1) Did you ever wonder how much energy is used by a hunter-gatherer to collect their food, compared against the energy they get from it? And how does this compare to early agriculture when we started employing animals (should be more efficient, right?) And then how this compares to the energy input/output ratio of our modern food production system? This book explains it.
(2) Did you ever wonder how much energy is used for processing, packaging, and delivering food from the farms to our tables? Have you ever heard the rule of thumb that meat takes 10x as much energy to produce than grains? What is the environmental effect of these issues? This book finally makes this understandable.
If you want to read a book that simultaneously presents detailed data while also giving you a clear, big-picture view of our world, then I highly recommend this book.