Export land model analysis of food production and consumption—Background
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While petroleum is important to many facets of modern civilization, in my opinion, its impact on the modern food production system has been its most critical role.
One barrel is equivalent in energy to one horse, or, ten humans working for one year, as “energy slaves” just to produce food for one person. Just incredible.
Analogous to the transition from being a net petroleum exporter to importer, I expect that the transition from being a net food exporter to net food importer would have negative economic consequences, and, decrease a country or region’s resilience and independence.
Just like we are addicted to oil, as President Bush admitted, we are addicted to the cheap food made available by that oil.