Just sent this post to the JEP tonight by email.
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Peak oil has been very recently forecast to start biting within five years by serious analysts. The only reason the world can (just about) feed the current 6.66 billion inhabitants is because we use oil to make artificial fertiliser and pesticides, not to mention the fuel for tractor based cultivation and long distance transport etc. As oil starts to get harder to find, and takes more energy to extract, then the price will skyrocket. Food will soar in price and fall in availability as a direct consequence. There will be steadily increasing shortages.
We should be planning now for local food security for the Island by boosting our existing agricultural and horticultural sectors, not allowing them to fail. We should also encourage using organic, sustainable techniques which will rapidly become more economic than oil based agriculture. To allow existing greenhouses to be knocked down and houses built on the sites would be the height of folly and would demonstrate that our Economic Ministry literally has no clue whatsoever, despite the millions they have spent on consultants, about what the wider and relatively near future holds, and what we imperatively need to be doing to cope with it.
Most of our States still appear to be living in a fool's paradise, not realising what is happening to the world and how it will start to affect every one of us within the term of office of our re-elected and newly elected Senators. What will it take to wake them up?