Food Shortages Imminent? Some people say that I’m a fearmonger (well, Mrs. G. says that sometimes). The BP Oil Spill in the Gulf has me thinking, though. Thinking and freaking out. But, I’m going to try to keep my thinking cap on while I write this blog. (I said “TRY” no guarantees.)
First, a heartbreaking picture for anyone that likes to garden:
The oil slick reaching the marshes along the gulf coast. Not only is the oil going to suffocate the grasses, birds and other larger wildlife that live there, it will also harm all of the teeny little organisms we can’t see in the water.
This picture is just heartbreaking for anyone:
It is a dead brown pelican. There are, probably, lots of those down there now, too.
Next, the Loop Current and the Oil Spill
If it weren’t bad enough that the oil is now all over the place where the oil rig originally exploded, predictions are that it will flow into the loop current, and head all the way up the east coast:
Which, if you believe this picture from NASA, is already happening.
That whitish tail is supposedly the oil, flowing down from the original spill location and into the current.
Some people will tell you that if you eat food that you don’t grow yourself, you’re eating oil. That is partially true–for several reasons.
1) Synthetic fertilizers (which is mostly what is used on food that you buy at the grocery), is made from a chemical process that requires energy: lots and lots of energy. Right now, most of our ENERGY comes from oil.
2) Food is heavy, and current pricing structures and food supply structures are such that most of the food you buy at the grocery is either a) processed or b) “fresh” but grown very far away from you. That means it has to be shipped to you, with a lot of energy use, most of it from oil or other fossil fuels. Right NOW, it is cheaper for people to grow food in centralized locations, and ship it, than it is to grow food locally.
What that means is that, depending upon where you live, if energy dries up, and alternative sources are not developed, you’re going to be out of luck for food–unless you can grow your own.
THAT’S WHY I GROW A SURVIVAL GARDEN!!!!!
Most synthetic fertilizers are NOT made from crude oil, like what is leaking in the Gulf. The way crude oil enters the food chain is through its use as energy for producing the fertilizer and energy to produce and ship the food. That’s where the term “eating oil” comes from.
This environmental and energy crises is just ONE thing that is happening to us that will disrupt our food supply. Take steps NOW to protect you and your family. Stop relying on commercial interests and the government to feed you. A BIG LOAD OF GOOD the government is doing with the oil spill, huh?
Humble Seed guest blog post by Jerry Greenfield. You can read more from Jerry at: