Peak Oil News: Agriculture and Peak Oil: Will We Have Enough to Eat?

Saturday, April 30, 2005

Agriculture and Peak Oil: Will We Have Enough to Eat?


The Pioneer Valley Post Carbon Council (PVPCC), an Outpost of the Post Carbon Institute, will be hosting a talk about the local and regional effects of Peak Oil on agriculture by Al MacIntire. The talk will be held on May 5th at 7pm at Greenfield Community College, Room E125. There is no cost, but donations will be welcome.

Al MacIntire is a part of the Diemand Egg Farm family. He works on facilities improvement for the farm. He also operates his own business as an expert on RF Shielding. Mr. MacIntire has been leading the Diemand Farm's effort, along with Donald Campbell Associates and Solar Design Associates, to install a major photovoltaic facility which will offset up to 50% of the farms annual electrical load.

"Many people, for honest reasons, do not understand how dependent our food system is on cheap fuels," says Mr. MacIntire. "Right now, approximately 85% of the food in Massachusetts comes from out of state. If, as James Howard Kunstler says, the days of the 3,000 mile Caesar Salad are over, how do we replace the food that is now traveling an average of 1500 miles to get to the grocery store?"

"This region has some fabulous strengths that can help us face the coming energy shortfalls in a robust and resilient way," says Don Campbell, Executive Director of PVPCC. "The agricultural base present in our area, right now, is one of these strengths and it is extremely important to protect these local and regional food sources as we move into a lower energy future."

Steven Strong, an energy expert from Harvard, Massachusetts has said, "On top of the direct uses for transportation, agriculture and industry, our region has the highest consumption of oil per capita for heating and electrical generation of any in the country."

The Pioneer Valley Post Carbon Council is a think tank and action group that subscribes to the principles of the Post Carbon Institute. Regionally based, we support the efforts that so many are already making to address the energy transition we are facing. We also develop specific projects of our own to strengthen our regional response.

Post Carbon Institute is a think and action tank that explores in theory and practice what cultures, civilization, governance & economies might look like without the use of (non-renewable) hydrocarbons as energy and chemical feedstocks. Post Carbon Institute advocates global relocalization as an essential response to peak oil, resource conflicts, climate change and other ecological problems. Their "Outpost" program is designed to start the relocalization process by mobilizing community groups to experiment on how to meet their essential needs within walking distance.

We hope you will join us.

For more information, please call Don Campbell at (413) 498-0027.


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