Food and energy reflection
Most of us go to the supermarket to buy the food we consume daily, where we find it clean, packaged and practically ready to eat. In turn, our planet uses the energy supplied by oil to satisfy our food demand, 17% of the world's energy consumption is used to produce food, process it, pack it and distribute it.
The distribution would be approximately this, 4% of energy consumption is used in production, 5% in processing, 8% in transport and distribution. Agriculture uses all kinds of tools that consume oil, but various derivatives of this element are also used to produce fertilizers or pesticides, in short, agri-food production is closely linked to oil.
The truth is that thanks to the use of energy a farmer has gone from feeding four people with his production in 1850, to currently feeding almost 80 people, previously animal means were used and now machinery and energy consumption. The problem is that the higher the energy consumption to be able to produce food, the greater the erosion of the soil and the environment in general. An interesting article in Rebellion makes us reflect on the link that exists between food and energy consumption, shows us how our diet is a key factor in the warming process of our planet, erosion and environmental destruction.
What will happen if the oil runs out? Will this energy source have been replaced in time to maintain world production? If not, will millions of people die of hunger due to lack of supply (especially in underdeveloped countries)? The problem is much more serious and complicated from what it seems, it involves numerous aspects that must be taken into account.
Embracing ecological and environmentally-friendly food or consuming local products to avoid transportation, among other measures, could be part of the solution, however, it would be a solution for some and hunger for others. It is necessary to change the agri-food machinery and especially the energy sources, which are respectful with the environment and can in turn guarantee the world's food.
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