Sunday, September 18, 2005


Fueling the Agricultural Machine

What will we be eating, or perhaps it would be better to say who will be eating, when fossil fuel products become increasingly unavailable to the world’s farmers? Considering that world population has considerably exceeded the Earth’s carrying capacity thanks to cheap oil, this is not merely a question of idle curiosity, but literally a matter of life and death. This overview of the problem touches on the seriousness of the problem but is rather low-key. In fact, it is a certainty that many people are going to starve to death in the not-too-distant future.

Fortunately, fast and appropriate action by governments could save a lot of people. We will not be eating high on the hog, but we will at least be eating, provided governments start preparing now.

One country that bears study is Cuba, which underwent a substantial reorganization after Soviet assistance evaporated. Despite the continuing attempts of the US government to strangle Cuba’s economy, Cubans are managing to feed themselves. It is quite a contrast with the desperate situation of North Korea.

Worldwide, however, the prospects for sensible action by any government of an industrialized country are not good, so once again I recommend that you get going on your garden now.

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