Its no surprise that governments will go to great lengths to secure the remaining oil left on earth. Here in the UK our entire food system depends on the availability of cheap oil to power the machines to produce our food and the trucks to bring it to our supermarkets and for the petrochemical fertilizers that make our food grow.
Because Oil is so cheap we are now importing 89% of the fruit we consume and 50% of our vegetables, this means that the price of our fruit and vegetables is directly linked to the price of oil. This is fine whilst we had a cheap and reliable supply of oil (apart from the obvious C02 emissions) but this is no longer the case.
OIL PRODUCTION DECLINE = HUNGER
Experts are now warning that oil production is in decline, along side this, demand for oil from countries such as China and India is rocketing. If we do not change our habits now and move our food production back closer to home we are exposing ourselves to hunger.
OIL, FOOD AND WAR
The other major factor in this is that the oil that remains is mainly in contries in the middle east, once we understand how important oil is for our own survival with our current food systems, we can also understand why attempts to secure what oil is left could result in wars. Though no government would admit it, is it really surprising that we are occupying and building up a huge military presence in the countries that have the oil?
There are attempts to move our food production away from a dependance on oil such as replacing petrol and diesel with biofuels, but this 'solution' doesn't work. Biofuels need huge amounts of food growing land for their production, the only real solution is to move more of our food production back to the uk to prevent a future crisis.