More than 17 percent of energy goes into putting food on our tables

More than 17 percent of energy goes into putting food on our tables

Currently, 4 percent of all the energy consumed n the United States goes to growing food. Another 10 to 13 percent of America's total energy consumption is used to transport, process, package, and deliver that food to American supermarkets. More than 17 percent of all the energy used in the United States, then, goes to putting food on our tables.

Many anthropologists consider the great expansion of agricultural yield to be the singular achievement of the modern era. That accomplishment was attained by the replacement of human labor with mechanical labor--run on oil--and by increasing use of petrochemical-based fertilizers and pesticides to enhance yields. [Quantity comes at the cost of Quality, has nutrients are stripped from foods due to the use of petrochemical fertilizers.]

The Hydrogen Economy, Jeremy Rifkin

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