Relationship between oil and food can be close one
Richard W. Dortch
Petroleum. Plastics are made from it. Carpets and clothing are made from it.
Asphalt is made from it and we pave our roads with it. We burn it in our ships, trains, airplanes and automobiles. Pharmaceuticals are derived from it – and hand lotion, and house paint, and the ink used to print this newspaper. It’s amazing all the things we can do with petroleum.
Would you be surprised to know we’ve been eating it, too?
Something miraculous happened in the world of agriculture over the last century. Our farms went from growing sufficient food to sustain the population to growing so much food we didn’t know what to do with it. We had to bribe farmers not to grow food just to keep global prices from collapsing. How did this come to be?