Energy and Agriculture

  • Gerald Stanhill

Part of the Advanced Series in Agricultural Sciences book series (AGRICULTURAL, volume 14)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages I-XIII
  2. Introduction to the Role of Energy in Agriculture

  3. Principles and Processes

  4. Energy Sources for Agriculture

  5. Case Studies

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 131-131
    2. B. A. Stout, J. L. Butler, E. E. Gavett
      Pages 169-189
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 191-194

About this book


Energy and agriculture are both extremely broad subjects and their interactions - the subject of this book - cover almost the full spectrum of the agricultural sciences. Yet the subject is a relatively new one whose importance first received widespread recognition barely a decade ago, following the dramatic increase in oil prices during 1973. The impact of this increase was such as to promote a world-wide debate on the future direction that agriculture should take. This debate was, and is, of particular concern in countries where agriculture plays a leading role in economic and social development. During the last half century many national agricultural systems have been transformed from almost closed, self-sufficient systems with few locally produced inputs geared to satisfy local requirements, to intensive, open systems, utilizing large quantities of energy-rich inputs such as fossil fuel for manufactured agro-chemicals, water distribution and imported animal feedstuffs to produce a range of sophisticated products, often for export, which in tum require many energy-rich inputs for their marketing. This industrialization of agriculture has proved to be very successful in many respects and indeed was accepted as a general model for agricultural development allowing increased productivity and efficiency per unit land, labor and water, even in areas with limited natural resources.


Agricultural Sciences Energieversorgung Energy Landwirtschaft development marketing

Editors and affiliations

  • Gerald Stanhill
    • 1
  1. 1.Institute of Soils and Water Agricultural Research OrganizationThe Volcani CenterBet DaganIsrael

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 1984
  • Publisher Name Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-3-642-69786-9
  • Online ISBN 978-3-642-69784-5
  • Series Print ISSN 0172-4207
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