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13. Meeting energy requirements in the food system

13. Meeting energy requirements in the food system

Future dimensions of world food and population: 389-403

The likely impact of diminished energy supplies and increased energy cost upon US agriculture is investigated. No evidence is found that US agriculture is significantly more intensive than the remainder of the economy. An analysis is made of the effects of which more expensive energy will have upon the food system including implications on the use of pesticides and fertilizers, irrigation, field machinery, and livestock.

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