I’m sure not a few of you are keeping tabs on the current state of affairs in the world. Today the price of oil jumped yet again – it’s now sitting on $146 p/barrel. Of course, everything produced that’s dependent on oil for its production and/or distribution (um… that’s just about everything) is going up as well – most significantly, food. If peak oil adherents are correct, and these now include legions of observers, plus politicians and oil industry heads themselves, then the food crisis is set to worsen considerably, and rapidly, over the next few years.
Most industry experts, including geoscientists and economists, who were polled by Samid in 2007 said that peak production will occur by 2010. This contrasted with a similar survey conducted two years earlier, in which respondents were split, with many of the economists opting for a later date. “Now, a real consensus is emerging,” says Samid. – New Scientist
As oil production has actually plateaued since at least 2005, you could be forgiven for saying the peak is already upon us.
There has never been a point in time in the whole of human history where low- or no-input, sustainable food systems were more important than now. If you’re looking for a career with a future, then do consider permaculture – a complete sustainable systems approach for all human need. Indeed, the era of cheap food is over, and its true value and significance will come to be increasingly appreciated over the next months and years.
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