Category Archives: Food

Peak soil, Peak Phosphate, Peak Fertilizer means Peak Food

Amundson, R., et al. May 7, 2015. Soil and human security in the 21st century. Science 348. A group of leading soil scientists has summarized the precarious state of the world’s soil resources and the possible ramifications for human security … Continue reading

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The Nitrogen Bomb – fossil-fueled fertilizers keep 5.5 billion people alive

Fisher, D. 4 April 2001. Discover magazine Vol. 22 No. 4  The Nitrogen Bomb. By learning to draw fertilizer from a clear blue sky, chemists have fed the multitudes. They’ve also unleashed a fury as threatening as atomic energy. In … Continue reading

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Irrigation uses a lot of electricity, requires expensive grid in remote areas

“Irrigation load from farm irrigation systems can be costly to serve, because of the high cost of connecting these dispersed systems to the electric grid and the high cost of having enough capacity available to meet seasonal irrigation load.” Alice … Continue reading

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UK Government: Food, energy, water & the climate. A perfect storm of global events?

FOOD, ENERGY, WATER AND THE CLIMATE: A PERFECT STORM OF GLOBAL EVENTS? 12 Dec 2012. John Beddington CMG FRS, Chief Scientific Adviser to HM Government Government Office For Science. Kingsgate House. 66-74 Victoria street. London [go to the original article … Continue reading

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Peak Food in America 2014

Peak Food. It’s Here. By Tom Lewis April 30, 2014 High food prices — which have been destabilizing (and in some cases, vaporizing) governments around the world — are coming belatedly to America. The prices of beef, pork, shrimp, eggs, … Continue reading

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Lester Brown on Water shortages, Climate Change, Soil Erosion, Decreasing Crop Yields

Institute of Medicine. The Nexus of Biofuels, Climate Change, and Human Health: Workshop Summary. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press, 2014. BIOFUELS AND THE WORLD FOOD ECONOMY The session’s first speaker was Lester Brown, founder and president of the Earth … Continue reading

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Energy in the Food System uses 19% of all energy consumed in the USA. Pimentel 2008

Reducing Energy Inputs in the US Food System David Pimentel & Sean Williamson & Courtney E. Alexander & Omar Gonzalez-Pagan & Caitlin Kontak & Steven E. Mulkey. Hum Ecol (2008) 36:459–471 [some excerpts below. Clearly we’ve got to start reducing … Continue reading

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Energy in Food System. March 2010. USDA

Energy Use in the U.S. Food System 2010. P. Canning et al. USDA. Economic Research Report Number 94 Another great review of this article is Beyond Food Miles by Michael Bomford, a research scientist and extension specialist at Kentucky State … Continue reading

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Writing on the wall for prime farmland. Years of irrigation have taken toll on San Joaquin Valley.

Writing on the wall for prime farmland. Years of irrigation have taken toll on San Joaquin Valley. Carolyn Lochhead. March 24, 2014. San Francisco Chronicle. Decades of irrigation have leached salts and toxic minerals from the soil [in the San … Continue reading

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Overshoot and dieoff : humans beyond carrying capacity

Land transformation by humans: A Review. Roger. Hooke, José F. Martín-Duque. 2012. Geological Society of America Prognosis for the Future Looking ahead a few decades, land suitable for agriculture will likely continue to diminish as urban areas expand soil is … Continue reading

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