Peak Oil and Urban Farming

Posted by on October 4, 2005 in Garden | Comments Off on Peak Oil and Urban Farming

An article in the San Francisco Chronicle imagines a future with much less oil, one in which the urban landscape is filled with food because we’ll simply have to eat food that is grown, cooked, or killed nearby. “In general,” the reporter says, “human energy will replace machine energy, and there will be an increased demand for craftspeople with time-honored skills: shoemakers, soapmakers, glassblowers, seamstresses.”

OK, I can make soap–who’s a glassblower?

Michael Martine riffs on this idea as well, suggesting that “The cheapest and often best food you can get is that which you grow in your own garden.” He points to an interesting site, Vertical Farming, that explores the idea of growing food in skyscrapers.

Michael Martine � Blog Archive � Farming The End of Oil

Inventory of food growing in my garden right now:
Apples
Potatoes
Cabbage
Chard
Kale
Garlic
Berries
Artichokes
Herbs
Oh, and don’t forget the eggs.