Eating Fossil Fuels: Oil, Food and the Coming Crisis in Agriculture



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 United States 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 Worldwide Expansion Of Agriculture Has Appropriated Fully Percent 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 United States 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, Re Localized 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 PopulationEating Fossil Fuels: Oil, Food and the Coming Crisis in Agriculture

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  • Paperback
  • 125 pages
  • Eating Fossil Fuels: Oil, Food and the Coming Crisis in Agriculture
  • Dale Allen Pfeiffer
  • English
  • 10 June 2018
  • 0865715653

10 thoughts on “Eating Fossil Fuels: Oil, Food and the Coming Crisis in Agriculture

  1. says:

    It confounds me that both sides of the sustainable energy debate are able to form such cogent explanations of their positions In this book, Dale Allen Pfeiffer, the guy who runs the SurvivingPeakOil.com website, delivers a rather bleak diatribe about the failed state of unsustainable world agricultural practices He explains among other things that the so called Green Revolution of the 1960s and 70s succeeded in making food cheap, but in doing so brought to life a Frankenstein monster of It confounds me that both sides of the sustainable energy debate are able to form such cogent explanations of their positions In this book, Dale Allen Pfeiffer, the guy who runs the SurvivingPeakOil.com website, delivers a rather bleak diatribe about the failed state of unsustainable world agricultural practices He explains among other things that the so called Green Revolution of the 1960s and 70s succeeded in making food cheap, but in doing so brought to life a Frankenstein monster of industry and dependence on quickly depleting fossil fuels This answers the question I hear so often at the grocery store WHY is food so muchexpensive these days Food prices have something to do with the simple cost of their transportation, sure, but many people forget the fact that food also requires planting, irrigating, fertilizing, harvesting, packaging, advertising, refrigerating and preparing all processes that consume fossil fuel derived energy Because of our energy driven agriculture system, the average American is able to eat in one day what would have taken him her three weeks to grow prepare in a system without fossil fuels The Green Revolution and the consequent globalization of the food industry has allowed great convenience and variety into the diets of people with money, and it has also facilitated an enormous population boom But it has done little to reduce the ever growing percentage of people who starve.It also has created a conundrum, that is, if we are to believe that the world and in particular the United States has reached the inevitable end of the fossil fuel era Should we wake up tomorrow and find nooil and natural gas, would we be prepared to feed ourselves Pfeiffer s contention is NO, and he offers various solutions community gardens, substituting human manure for natural gas based fertilizers, etc all of which seem nice in theory but difficult to execute, at least at the personal level That is why the last two chapters focus on the construction of a grassroots movement to encourage such a transition of the world s agriculture system Eating Fossil Fuels is not a particularly enjoyable or uplifting read But it is a rather persuasive manifesto that is replete with data and certainly bound to open good discussions between environmentally conscious people

  2. says:

    Read this book and be afraid For people already familiar with Peak Oil and its repercussions, it will not come as much of a shock to learn how intimately dependent modern industrial civilization is on oil and how its end will mean the necessary decline in the Earth s carrying capacity for human life If I were entirely new to the topic however, this slim but succinct book would serve as an excellent introduction and concise summary Straightforward and highly readable, the author describes how Read this book and be afraid For people already familiar with Peak Oil and its repercussions, it will not come as much of a shock to learn how intimately dependent modern industrial civilization is on oil and how its end will mean the necessary decline in the Earth s carrying capacity for human life If I were entirely new to the topic however, this slim but succinct book would serve as an excellent introduction and concise summary Straightforward and highly readable, the author describes how our industrial scale agriculture has decimated the planet s natural ecosystems and will soon come to a halt due to dwindling fossil fuels that power its impressive output He then provides two historical case studies of the outcome when ready access to energy gets cut off North Korea and Cuba Both countries struggled painfully when the Soviet Union collapsed in the 1990s, which resulted in sharply curtailed imports of fossil fuels and food While the DPRK never really recovered from the ensuing mass famine and impoverishment mainly due to their emphasis on industrial production and the military, Cuba managed to pull through better owing to the successful, albeit forced transition to rural based society practicing organic farming Theconducive tropical climate didn t hurt either.The book focuses on practical advise and actions one can start taking to better prepare ourselves, with a long section at the end listing the many organizations dealing with permaculture and sustainable living for the reader to take things further.While the tone is overall quite positive surprisingly, with the emphasis on remaining hopeful despite the gloomy prospect of the inevitable, some questions that I continue to have are How many people can the planet support on organic permaculture based food production If this is still substantially less than the 9 billion projected population by mid 21st century we will still face the inevitable mass starvation and apocalyptic conditions during the transition While being knowledgeable about organic farming techniques and rural community living helps, not everyone will have a chance to see it in practice, only the lucky survivors It then follows that there may not be much of a point in learning these techniques now in the first place, since the focus should be on surviving the transition Heading for the hills and bunker mentalities may not be so far fetched after all.Predicting how things will unravel is much harder than painting a possible future for the remaining population POST fossil fuels Even the experts like Dennis Meadows shy away from this, citing too many variables in the model I suppose then it is up to the imagination of writers and artists

  3. says:

    I wrote this book It is a very scary piece of nonfiction Many consider it to be the book on energy and food production and the coming agricultural crisis.

  4. says:

    this was a pretty solid book very good information about the interpentration between agriculture and fossil fuels it also points to the need for a wider systemic change and not simply drivingfuel efficient cars our industrial agricultural system requires huge amounts of fossil fuels every step of the way transport, fertilization, pest treatment, irrigation etc etc all require fossil fuels we need to transition away from industrial agriculture not simply to prevent further global warmi this was a pretty solid book very good information about the interpentration between agriculture and fossil fuels it also points to the need for a wider systemic change and not simply drivingfuel efficient cars our industrial agricultural system requires huge amounts of fossil fuels every step of the way transport, fertilization, pest treatment, irrigation etc etc all require fossil fuels we need to transition away from industrial agriculture not simply to prevent further global warming but because we are heading for systemic collapse as fossil fuel production decreases it is also good that it ends with some ideas for activists i thought when i flipped through the book before reading it that it would be pretty hokey but i thought it was pretty good it was nice that the book ended with an explicit rejection of government or industry being the driver of change and laid out that it will be grass roots movements for change that we should be put our time, energy and hope into so get out there and get involved

  5. says:

    I was not fond of this book halfway through Practically every line was a cited bit of information This made it very difficult to digest or compare the information, and the author did not seem to take any form of progress or potential into consideration The second half of the book, however, focused on a few situations in greater depth Those situations dealt with issues that had massive effects on entire nations, and so they provide solid sample information for the rest of the yet uneffected w I was not fond of this book halfway through Practically every line was a cited bit of information This made it very difficult to digest or compare the information, and the author did not seem to take any form of progress or potential into consideration The second half of the book, however, focused on a few situations in greater depth Those situations dealt with issues that had massive effects on entire nations, and so they provide solid sample information for the rest of the yet uneffected world The author s own view starts to be revealed here, but remains foggy, or at least minor All the same, this was a very useful book in adding to my own understanding of energy and agriculture, and the debate of those topics 5 stars not because it is perfectly written, but because it manages to achieve its goal

  6. says:

    Well written overview of the worldwide agricultural situation as it relates to fossil fuels and the overuse and over dependence on these limited resources While Pfeiffer can come across as bleak and doom n gloom , he reminds the reader than when you give up and lose hope, you lose your chance to survive That said, he offers several ideas for a move towards sustainable agriculture and living A good read for anyone interested in making our world asustainable place to live, before it is Well written overview of the worldwide agricultural situation as it relates to fossil fuels and the overuse and over dependence on these limited resources While Pfeiffer can come across as bleak and doom n gloom , he reminds the reader than when you give up and lose hope, you lose your chance to survive That said, he offers several ideas for a move towards sustainable agriculture and living A good read for anyone interested in making our world asustainable place to live, before it is too late

  7. says:

    A scary realization of what may happen to our world The ending is somewhat uplifting

  8. says:

    Even in a quarter of what is predicted comes to be, we need to seriously rethink our agricultural practices.

  9. says:

    Fearmongering Neat.I do believe that the end of fossil fuels is nearer than currently conceived by many United States citizens And yes, a lack thereof would render some modern agricultural practices useless i.e the use of diesel power tractors and transportation of end products However, as an agriculturalist trained in economics and agronomy, I find great fault in the claims made against the intent of the Green Revolution and the failed outcome of it Throughout the book I longed for a r Fearmongering Neat.I do believe that the end of fossil fuels is nearer than currently conceived by many United States citizens And yes, a lack thereof would render some modern agricultural practices useless i.e the use of diesel power tractors and transportation of end products However, as an agriculturalist trained in economics and agronomy, I find great fault in the claims made against the intent of the Green Revolution and the failed outcome of it Throughout the book I longed for a rational conversation about the problems limited fossil fuels would have on agricultural production but was left with dated statistics and data that could be misinterpreted by the reader for example acreages left in hectares instead of the United States acre and poor comparisons between unrelated subjects, like comparing insect nervous system altering insecticides with the plant EPSP synthase inhibiting herbicide, glyphosate otherwise known as RoundUp, proved harmless to humans over and over and over again Now on this book s writing, I would have beensatisfied if it was increased in length I longed for explanations of some acronyms, elaboration on examples and increased examples to prove points

  10. says:

    This was an intriguing book undoubtedly dealing with a particularly political issue, I think the author was actually a Geologist.Consequently I didn t really find the political analysis very broad nor enlightening In some situations I think it was just inaccurate However, that said the facts on the amount of oil we use in making our food were amazing Really interesting and eye opening stuff.I enjoyed his idea to use Cuba and North Korea as case studies of countries who have already suffered This was an intriguing book undoubtedly dealing with a particularly political issue, I think the author was actually a Geologist.Consequently I didn t really find the political analysis very broad nor enlightening In some situations I think it was just inaccurate However, that said the facts on the amount of oil we use in making our food were amazing Really interesting and eye opening stuff.I enjoyed his idea to use Cuba and North Korea as case studies of countries who have already suffered energy crises following the collapse of the Soviet Union and certainly some of the points he makes are valid in relation to how each country coped with the loss of their energy supply However, I couldn t help but think that both Cuba and North Korea not only lost their energy supply in the early 90s but also nearly all other diplomatic ties with the international community Consequently they were not assisted in their agricultural plights as they might otherwise have been had their leaders beenaccepted in the mainstream.Nevertheless the book was easy and quick to read and gave a nice boundary analysis of the political and ecological consequences of peak oil

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