Review of "Food, Energy and Society"

This review of Food, Energy and Society, edited by David and Marcia Pimentel is far from done. It's only already here at all, because I mention the book in my discussion of hydrogen However,

  1. The book contains many useful facts and tables.

  2. It accounts for the energy cost of everything but rarely includes estimates of human labor costs. Labor costs are much more important.

  3. While its articles mention nuclear energy in many places and these references don't dismiss it, nuclear energy is ignored in the summary chapter. The recommendations for massive efforts to use less energy are therefore unsupported.

  4. Certain other problems of sustainability seem exaggerated - details later.

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