Pfeiffer, Dale Allen. Eating Fossil Fuels: Oil, Food and the Coming Crisis in Agriculture. Gabriola Island, B.C.: New Society Publishers, 2006. Paperback, 125 pp.
Do you remember the so-called Green Revolution of the 1950s and 1960s? It was meant to eliminate world hunger. Instead, it succeeded in helping developed nations grow more food thanks to chemical fertilizers and intensive agricultural methods, destroy the soil in the process, transform family farms into large, heavily mechanized agribusinesses, and make agriculture dependent on fossil fuels (which are running out).
Correctly foreseeing that the phenomenon of Peak Oil (and the exhaustion of fossil fuels) will lead to a predictable collapse of industrialized agriculture and a consequent rise in world hunger, Pfeiffer wisely argues for a sustainable and localized agriculture. The example of Cuba gives one hope that a sustainable agriculture is possible and can even lead to economic and social growth in a country that has been boycotted by the United States.
This succinct but poignant exposition of a major problem comes with a very helpful Resource Guide. Highly recommended.
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