Dwindling Fossil Fuels and Food System Energy Costs

The high energy costs of our modern food system are sustainable only so long as current levels of fossil fuel production are sustainable, a relationship threatened by the impending arrival of peak oil. How long can we depend on fossil fuels to facilitate the transfer of food from farm to fork?



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How much fuel did it take to produce the food on your table? The food system we depend on today has become a voracious machine with unsustainably high energy costs.
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U.S. Food System Energy Use
Our modern food system “eats” a lot of oil.
NATE SKOW; SOURCE: EPI











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