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Crazy Idea: Oil to food

Discussion in 'Energy, Environment, and Policy' started by GoTslaGo, Jun 16, 2016.

  1. GoTslaGo

    GoTslaGo Learning Member

    Dec 25, 2015
    Most of us on this forum agree that BEVs, solar, wind, etc... are the future, and Oil is old news/toxic for all of us and environmentally.

    We also know of Oil's plasticity (no pun intended) and it's use as feed-stock for a variety of plastics and compounds.

    What about using Oil for food-stock? Add in a little O2, N2 and we have proteins and carbohydrates. Current projections for the carrying capacity of the world is 10-11 billion people. We are at around 7-8 billion. What if some of the oil being pumped could be converted to food?

    Many have argued that the current turmoil in the Middle East can be directly attributed to a jump in price of food/bread. What if Saudi Arabia, through chemistry could become a net exporter of food/feed?

    Yes, crazy (and gross) thought, but I'm just trying to think of what alternatives could be pursued for all the infrastructure mankind has built for oil.

    A very indirect "Soylent Green"--the movie I'm referring to, not the new product talked about elsewhere in the forums (since oil is essentially dead organisms).
  2. kort677

    kort677 Active Member

    Sep 17, 2015
    • Funny x 1
  3. Topher

    Topher Energy Curmudgeon

    Apr 7, 2016
    We are already doing that. It takes about 10 calories of fossil fuel energy to make 1 calories of food energy. We should trying to reverse that trend not make it worse. We need to care for the soil, and the living things in it.

    Thank you kindly.

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