Energy and Food: A Comment

  • David Pimentel
Part of the Basic Life Sciences book series (BLSC, volume 7)


I would like to add to the points raised by Slesser in Chapter 15 and summarize my own view of the critical situation that faces the world. As a result of overpopulation, energy shortages, and environmental degradation, the world is fast losing its capacity to feed itself. By 1976 the world population is expected to reach 4 billion, and, based upon projected growth rates, the world population will reach about 7 billion by the year 2000 (1). This rapid growth in world population coincides with the exponential use of fossil fuels. These have been used extremely effectively by man to manipulate and manage his environmental resources.


Energy Input World Population Agricultural Technology Corn Production Corn Yield 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • David Pimentel
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  1. 1.Department of Entomology and Sectional Ecology and SystematicsCornell UniversityIthacaUSA

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