* Has anyone analyzed and compared energy use for any crop in California?
Is there someone I could contact, or recently published data ('90s or '80s)
that I could look up?
* Alternatively, are there data published on the relationship between farm
size and energy-intensiveness, in or out of California? This might at least
reflect some broad differences in farm practices.
* The talk about sustainability in ag tends toward diversified
fruit/vegetable production. Has anyone studied energy intensiveness of
conventional farms (monoculture) vs. the diversified scenario? I realize
that this brings up probably irreconcilable comparisons of apples and
oranges (and tomatoes and strawberries and honey ...) but maybe someone has
thought of something ... ?
My research so far has shown that good, detailed studies started appearing
in the 70s, and mostly died down as soon as the price of oil came down
again. I've read Pimentel and Lockeretz and a few others, who have been
_very_ informative but, at least in my readings, haven't answered these
questions directly yet. I've pretty much exhausted my ideas, and if you can
point me in any direction to answer any of these questions, it would be
enormously helpful. Thank you!