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.