Book Contents

CONTENTS

1. INTRODUCTION AND SUMMARY

1

2. CREATING FOOD ABUNDANCE

5

Better Plants and Livestock

7

Better Plants

10

Improved Livestock and Poultry Production

21

Defending GM Food

25

Food Safety

26

Environmental Scares

31

Environmental Benefits

34

Crop Lands, a Declining Resource?

37

Extent of the Resource

37

Soil Degradation

40

Summing up on Land

44

Water

45

Harnessing More of the Resource

45

Depletion and Degradation

46

More Efficient Use

47

Competition from Non-Agricultural Uses

49

Non-Conventional Water Resources

52

Genetic Base

56

Fisheries

57

Non-Renewable Resources

60

Nitrogen Fertilizer

60

Phosphate

61

Potassium

61

Fuel for Farm Machinery

62

“Alternative” Agriculture is No Such Thing

62

3. PLENTY OF RESOURCES

66

Aiming for Global Affluence

66

Our Energy Needs

70

Fossil Fuels

71

Oil

71

Coal

76

Natural Gas

77

Fossil Fuel as a Whole

80

CO2 Emissions and Global Warming

82

Uncertainties

83

Alarmism

85

What about Eco-Catastrophes?

91

Business as Usual for Now

93

Adapting to any Climate Change

93

CO2 Capture and Storage

95

Solar Energy in its Various Forms

99

Direct Solar

99

Wind

104

Waves

106

Hydroelectric Power

108

Biomass

109

Other Possible Resources

110

Summing up on Solar

110

Nuclear Power without the Phobia

111

Resources

115

The Safety of Nuclear Power

117

Concluding Comments on Nuclear

140

Geothermal Energy

140

Energy Overall

147

Minerals and Other Raw Materials

148

Tidying the Nest – Our Effect on the Environment

149

Air Pollution

150

Water Pollution

151

Pollution and Development

153

Pollution Scares

155

Loss of Forests

159

Mass Extinctions

160

4. CAPITALISM, THE TEMPORARY TOOL OF PROGRESS

164

Introduction

164

Soviet Hangover

165

Africa: More Capitalism Please

166

Capitalism Outgrows Itself

173

What about the “Communist” Countries?

177

Economic Calculation without Capitalism

179

Collective Ownership will be More Efficient

181

Leaping into the Unknown

193

ABBREVIATIONS

195

REFERENCES

197

NOTES

210

INDEX

232