Friday, April 11, 2008

Eating Oil

From the Wilderness: In the United States, 400 gallons of oil equivalents are expended annually to feed each American (as of data provided in 1994).7 Agricultural energy consumption is broken down as follows:


· 31% for the manufacture of inorganic fertilizer
· 19% for the operation of field machinery
· 16% for transportation
· 13% for irrigation
· 08% for raising livestock (not including livestock feed)
· 05% for crop drying
· 05% for pesticide production
· 08% miscellaneous


Energy costs for packaging, refrigeration, transportation to retail outlets, and household cooking are not considered in these figures.

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