By Kamaria Greenfield
Although most people only fret about gas prices when it comes to fueling their cars, it turns out that the cost and availability of oil is also linked to one of our other major expenses: food. According to an American Journal of Public Health (AJPH) paper written by Roni A. Neff, Cindy L. Parker, and other colleagues of the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, there was correlation between the high gas prices and food price spikes in 2008 and 2010.
The sooner society recognizes and adapts to the idea of peak oil, the better chance we stand of mitigating its effects. (Photo credit: Bernard Pollack)
Peak oil, defined by the AJPH paper as “the phenomenon whereby global oil supplies will peak, then decline, with extraction growing increasingly costly”, will have an enormous economic effect on the agriculture and food industries, which depend on oil to fuel farm machinery, produce pesticides, and move goods.
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Kamaria Greenfield is a research intern with the Nourishing the Planet project.