A renaissance in local food for local communities is coming and the
Speaking at the Soil Association Conference in
Dr Heinberg, an expert on the economies of oil, suggested that the increase seen in the agricultural workforce of
Based on this model he estimated that in 20-30 years a 16-fold increase in the
Dr Heinberg offered his solution to too much dependency on fossil fuels, growing populations and climate change.
He said there would need to be a significant shift to moving people back into rural areas producing food for local people.
“Urbanisation has carried an enormous cultural and social cost – it’s been the death of many rural communities. We need to revive rural communities so they become attractive to people who wish to farm.”
Dr Heinberg wrote the book The Party’s Over; Oil, War and the Fate of Industrial Societies.
He called for policies to assist a return to local food production such as land reform, education about farming, loans and incentives and stabilised and higher food prices.
Conference delegates were told that this was not a fanciful idea.
Dr Heinberg urged the Soil Association to work with others to promote food security and energy policies to remove dependency on fossil fuels.