Posts Tagged ‘ petroleum ’

The industrial food system depends to its peril on cheap oil.

March 25, 2012

The American food industry depends on oil at every stage from seed to plate. But it was not always so dependent, and energy was not always so cheap. It is only the historically recent availability of cheap fossil fuels that has allowed the food industry to experience unlimited growth. But this growth of industry has not been without its side effects, one of which is the increased disconnect between industry and consumers and the accompanying loss of transparency. A second is the food source’s dependence on cheap oil, which creates a likelihood of severe food shortages when there occurs an event that ends the age of cheap oil. Upon such an occurrence, only those with a connection to local food sources may find themselves with food to eat.

Oil companies, not religion, caused 1920′s Prohibition.

February 11, 2012

It is commonly believed that America’s Prohibition of the 1920′s was the result of Protestant religious ferver. This explanation is likely untrue. At best, it is incomplete. Much more likely is the fact that the enormous oil industry was interested in eliminating alcohol as a source of competition for a huge new market–automobile fuel. The power that big industry influenced on the U.S. government in the course of bring about the era of Prohibition is illustrative of the kind of influence that it has on many of our laws, and their pretexts.

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