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by Dale Allen Pfeiffer
(New Society, October 2006)

Dale Allen Pfeiffer shows that, “in retrospect, the industrialization of agriculture was one of the greatest blunders in the history of our species,” but “it is a mistake that can be undone – and, given the imminent peak in global oil production, must be undone as soon as possible. The world’s addiction to oil is as personal and prosaic as what’s on your dinner plate and how it got there. – Richard Heinberg, author of The Party’s Over, Powerdown, and The Oil Depletion Protocol

What people eat is “the product of energy-intensive agriculture. The Green Revolution, hailed as a breakthrough by which to feed an exploding population, actually degrades the ecosystem, making us ever more dependent on energy inputs from oil and gas. But oil and gas are set to deplete to near exhaustion this century. The challenges are great, but there are solutions. This book is key reading for those wanting to be counted amongst the survivors.” — C. J. Campbell, Chairman, The Association for the Study of Peak Oil (ASPO)