I know we are not supposed to promote ourselves, but I didn’t write two books on sustainable agriculture and solving problems in order to make money. Here is my short list:
- The Laws of Physics Are On My Side (2013) by Walter Haugen - one-third analysis, two-thirds solutions based on sustainable small-scale ag - available on Amazon or through your county library (You can get books from all over the country if you didn’t know.)
- Hints for Managing Collapse (2014) by Walter Haugen - this one is all solutions - also on Amazon or from your county library
- The Dies the Fire series by S.M. Stirling (2004-2017) - Stirling has done his research and his books are full of practical knowledge that relates to the coming collapse
- The Collapse of Complex Societies (1988) by Joseph Tainter. This is the place to start for collapse studies. Tainter is an archaeologist, like me and Ian Morris, so there is a historical/prehistoric perspective here that transcends the usual dogma from academia.
- Why the West Rules - For Now! (2010) by Ian Morris. Stanford archaeologist and historian who is well versed in statistical analysis, especially error analysis.
- Food, Energy and Society (1979 and 1996 for Revised Edition) by David and Marcia Pimentel. This is the go-to book for calibrating energy use using a metric that crosses all platforms (kilocalories).
If you aren’t thinking about your energy use, you are not paying attention. The human body is the most efficient engine we have. Soon enough, the US of A will collapse and YOU will have to grow at least some of your own food. I am not exaggerating or pulling your leg. Take note and get a grip. As Stirling says, “You will have to be a farmer or farm the farmers.” Start preparing now.