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18 Aug 2009 02:08:06

Food Security

Some alarming information taken from the BBC's recent programme 'The Future of Food'

- To produce a roast dinner takes 2 pints of crude oil

- Up to 70ML of crude oil to are required to produce a 100 gram pork chop

- Double that for 100g pack of cheese

- A tomato grown in a greenhouse can use more than a third of a litre of crude oil

- Last year the average grocery bills for families in the UK rose by £750

- There were food riots on three continents

- Two decades ago UK imported 20% of food, now its double that

Oil is user throughout the food supply chain:

- Tractors and transport
- Cooking
- Fertilizers and pesticides
- Storage
- Processing
- Oil based packaging

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22 Aug 2009

The data on oil consumption in the BBC presentation implies that glasshouse growers are not embracing new renewable technology. Many in the northern hemisphere are using CHP engines to burn fossil fuels more efficently in glasshouses built with high thermal performance glass. A signiifcant number are using biogas instead of fossil fuels or biomass plus ground source heat pumps and other integrated technology to move their operations off grid and off fossil fuels. These operators are virtually eliminating their demand for oil or oil equivalents while also providing local employment and local economic value in supplying fresher food with fewer food miles.

Here is a link to a typical example that is also preventing waste food becoming a problem for the processors and pack houses of fruit and vegetables 2 years old:

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