When he used to write about Tulips and Reefer it was fun and clever, but reading his work these days is just plain scary. He's a journalist (and journalism professor), so I've never felt that he was pushing an agenda, though I know he actually is. If anyone has debunked his facts, I'd love to read it.
After cars, the food system uses more fossil fuel than any other sector of the economy — 19 percent. And while the experts disagree about the exact amount, the way we feed ourselves contributes more greenhouse gases to the atmosphere than anything else we do
In 1940 US farmers produced 2.3 calories of food energy for every calorie of fossil-fuel energy they used, now it takes 10 calories of fossil-fuel energy to produce a single calorie of modern supermarket food.
That is progress? All this time I thought we were making farming more intensive and more efficient! Yikes!!!
And, as he writes about the challenges faced by our next president;The goal of ensuring the health of all Americans depends on getting those costs under control. There are several reasons health care has gotten so expensive, but one of the biggest, and perhaps most tractable, is the cost to the system of preventable chronic diseases. Four of the top 10 killers in America today are chronic diseases linked to diet: heart disease, stroke, Type 2 diabetes and cancer.