While the "developed" countries such as the United States and Canada are not currently suffering from the food shortages seen in many African Nations, there are those of us that believe the trickle effect our fuel and energy "hunger" is going to cause a food shortage or at least high food prices which will lead to change or food shortages. As I eluded to in this blog
, I think the idea of "localization" is key to solving many of the world's problems. Pooling resources and working together more will help us live more efficiently, while also allowing us to collaborate to find solutions faster than we would be able to individually.
Once the price of fuel becomes high enough, all the transporting of food from region to region the way big commercial retails do it now will make less and less financial sense. Prices will begin to rise, until soon there will be regions in which food prices are unbearable. At this point, these cities with no infrastructure to support themselves will need to make major changes. These changes will be even more drastic in areas where urban sprawl has caused even more inefficiencies and cause the central infrastructure to be even further behind the arising problem.
So while there is no immediate food shortages in the United States or Canada, we need to stay ahead of the problem and start looking into projects like these
to help communities be self-sufficient and more efficient. Let's start the changes now so we don't get caught behind the curve the way we are in the energy crisis.