Image: front cover Buy Print Book Now
  •  CDN $15.95 
  •  USD $15.95 


Buy Ebook Now
  •  CDN $15.95     CDN $13.35
  •  USD $15.95     USD $13.35

Paperback – 144 pages
5.5 Inches × 8.5 Inches (w × h)

Weight: 210 Grams
BISAC: BUSINESS & ECONOMICS / Development / Sustainable Development
Publisher: New Society Publishers
ISBN: 9780865715653
Pub. Date: 2006-10-01

About the Author

Dale Allen Pfeiffer

Dale Allen Pfeiffer is a novelist, freelance journalist and geologist who has been writing about energy depletion for a decade. The author of The End of the Oil Age, he is also widely known for his web project: survivingpeakoil.com.

view author profile

Eating Fossil Fuels

Oil, Food, and the Coming Crisis in Agriculture

by Dale Allen Pfeiffer



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:

  • The world-wide expansion of agriculture has appropriated fully 40% of the photosynthetic capability of this planet.
  • The Green Revolution provided abundant food sources for many, resulting in a population explosion well in excess of the planet's carrying capacity.
  • Studies suggest that without fossil fuel based agriculture, the US could only sustain about two thirds of its present population. For the planet as a whole, the sustainable number is estimated to be about two billion.

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.

You might also enjoy

Peak Everything

Peak Everything

Waking Up to the Century of Declines

by Richard Heinberg
foreword by James Howard Kunstler

The 20th century saw unprecedented growth in population, energy consumption and food production. As the population shifted from rural to urban, human …

view title info
The Power of Community

The Power of Community

How Cuba Survived Peak Oil

When the Soviet Union collapsed in 1990, Cuba's economy went into a tailspin. With imports of oil cut by more than half and food imports cut by 80 …

view title info
Depletion & Abundance

Depletion & Abundance

Life on the New Home Front

Climate change, peak oil and economic instability aren't just future social problems -- they jeopardize our homes and families right now. Our …

view title info
The Party's Over

The Party's Over

Oil, War and the Fate of Industrial Societies

The world is about to run out of cheap oil and change dramatically. Within the next few years, global production will peak. Thereafter, even if …

view title info
Decline and Fall

Decline and Fall

The End of Empire and the Future of Democracy in 21st Century America

"Things fall apart; the center cannot hold;
Mere anarchy is loosed upon the world."

 

Although he was writing nearly a century ago, Yeats could just as …

view title info

New Society Publishers have decided to sell their ebooks without copy protection or DRM (Digital Rights Management) so that customers can enjoy full use of their ebook purchase. In return we expect our customers to respect this decision.

By clicking in the box below, you agree that you will:

  • NOT make illegal or unauthorized copies of our ebooks.
  • ONLY make copies of our ebooks for backup purposes.
  • NOT sell or give copies of our ebooks to family, friends, associates, etc., or upload to any file-sharing sites.
I agree to the above terms and conditions
Our ebooks are available in PDF or EPUB format.
Please choose the correct format for your device.
Buy PDF Version