Friday, May 20, 2005

A preview of farming's future

When oil production peaks sometime in the future the combination of rising fuel and fertilizer prices resulting from soaring oil prices will squeeze farmers. They will find it hard to grow and transport their produce. And, they will find the usual web of supporting truckers, wholesalers and retailers suffering dislocation and disarray. No need to wait, it's happening now as this piece about California's fruit and vegetable farms explains. Every step in the food chain from those who produce the agricultural chemicals and seeds to those who transport the crops to those who process and finally sell them, all are showing signs of stress now.

(Via Energy Bulletin.)

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