Beresford, Tristram.  Limits of Efficiency

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The current idea of agricultural efficiency, which is fashionable today that is to say makes the headlines, hits the viewing peaks, sells the gadgetry, and commands popular respect, -- appears to me to rest on three propositions: one, that farming is not a primary industry, but a disguised secondary one, concerned with objects, things, artifacts, and therefore just another industrial process; two, that since properties of these objects are ascertainable by analysis, we can practise agriculture as if it were a scientific discipline; three, that because one and two are self-evident truths, there is no room in the farming of tomorrow for anyone who thinks differently.

Lovins, Amory B., L. Hunter Lovins, and Marty Bender. “Energy and Agriculture”
Pages 68, 69, 73 and 80

If we look at just the agricultural production consumed within the United States, slightly more than three calories of energy are invested per calorie of food obtained. When the energy costs for processing, distribution, and preparation are added onto the three calories, the total energy cost is about 9.89 calories of energy per calorie of food consumed in the United States ....

In contrast, the food systems of the rural populations of developing nations use an estimated 16.4 quads annually to feed about two billion people with a diet ranging from 1,800 to 2,400 calories per person daily (such diets contain much less meat than ours). This 16.4 quads is less than one-tenth of what the same number of people would consume were they utilizing the food system of the United States ....

Mason, Jim.  An Unnatural Order
New York: 1993
ISBN 0671769235

Page 271

When we look at the imbalance of power and wealth in the world, we see clearly that the most dominionistic societies have the lion’s share of both. This, of course, leaves less for the countries whom they exploit, so we have a burgeoning world underclass. Our notion of “modern progress” is either cruel or moronic when our “development” has created more people poor and hungry today than ever before in history. If this sounds like a sweeping statement, just think for a minute: This earth didn’t even have a billion people until the early 1800s. Even then, not a fifth were poor and hungry because people in those days still had access to land and the means to produce their own food. Go back further—before agriculture, which is though to have fed more people.

Survey Monitor:
in Quirk’s Marketing Research Review
April 1998

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“Wiping out kitchen bacteria”
Seven out of 10 Americans say they purchase antibacterial cleaners for their kitchens in an effort to “wipe out” unsanitary germs and bacteria, according to a study by CDB Research & Consulting Inc., New York.

Leopold, Aldo.  A Sand County Almanac

Having to squeeze the last drop of utility out of the land has the same desperate finality as having to chop up the furniture to keep warm.