In 2007, it took 10 calories of oil based energy (pesticide, fertilizer, machinery operation) to produce 1 calorie of food and that’s not including the energy needed to transport the food. As oil production continued to decline and prices rose, the world simply could not feed itself.
I’ve been trying to write something about the current energy crisis for a week now, and I just can’t seem to wrap my head around all the facets of the issue. Truly, it’s a super deep, wide, and long topic that is so deeply woven in the inner workings of our society that it’s hard to fathom.
This “worst case scenario” concerning Peak Oil is happening, and unless we stop pointing fingers and start coming up with new and real solutions…we’re in big trouble.