Food for thought, heh.
http://www.rumormillnews.com/cgi-bin/fo … read=83553
A Sonoma County Exercise Provides Valuable Planning Lessons –
This Isn’t as Easy as We Might Hope
“I Hate Peak Oil” Cookies
by Wendy Talaro
[It’s one thing to acknowledge that food production might revert to
local in the face of Peak Oil. It is another thing altogether to
attempt to eat locally, as this graduate student finishing a Master’s
Degree in Ecological Agriculture at New College demonstrates. Not only is the prospect a daunting one, even for an agriculturally-blessed region like Sonoma County, California; the task of eating only food produced within a 100 mile radius for one week raises much more fundamental questions about our society. By way of full disclosure I should tell you that Wendy Talaro is my fiancée and that you’ll be hearing more from her. I’m a lucky guy in many ways. Even if they weren’t produced locally, “I Hate Peak Oil” cookies are great. –
I've sort of attempted something similar this past summer. I ended up buying a share from a local CSA for a good chunk of our food. Although this did provide a large quanity of local food, it wouldn't have been enough to live on. Actually, at the peak of the season (July, September), we did manage to mostly eat produce from our CSA. Most of the time we had to substitute with store bought food.
I do a lot of hiking and sometimes pay attention to wild foodstuffs. If one were willing to modify one's diet to eat wild foods, there would be quite a bit to choose from. Some of these might not be the most appetizing, but you would certainly survive. Cattails, acorns and dandilions are all edibile and can be found in huge quanities in this area. In fact it's really a shame the dandilions get sprayed here. They're a great source of food - both the roots and the young leafs. I also found an abundance of leeks and wild garlic growing in a local forest, which was quite a treat in my salads for awhile.
Sometimes finding local substitutes for typical foods can help too. You can substitute 1.25 cup of honey for 1 cup of sugar in most recipies. Maple syrup can be used as a sugar substitute as well. Both of these are found locally in this area.
I tend to see quite an abundence of food in this area. There are plenty of small dairy operations, fruit orchards and farmers markets in this area. There should be no reason why people should go hungry if they're willing to modify their diet and eat seasonally. Storing food means more preparation and planning for the weeks and months ahead, but is not impossible.
I remember when first reading some of the literature/propaganda on Peak Oil, I found their argument was that lack of commercial, fossil fuel based fertilizers would ultimately destroy food production. This certainly doesn't have to happen. There is plenty of plant food in a day's supply of human waste. Instead we typically flush this into the rivers and lakes where it causes further imbalances. Composting toilets are not difficult to implement and there is plenty of literature on the subject. Table scraps can be thrown into worm bins which recycle the unused nutrients for further use. There are plenty of options outside of the oil industry for producing large quantities of food.
I think people who want to try and eat absolutely everything locally probably won't succeed. I think some dependence on the larger economy is good to a degree. From a philosophical standpoint it forces us to accept that we are all connected and dependent on one another. The problem is when people become overly dependent on the system for their every need and forget their connection to the land, their local environment, their neighbors and ultimately themselves.
In general I feel that those who focus on abundence will experience it. Those who focus on scarcity will experience it...
Doc: Marty, you're not thinking fourth dimensionally!
Marty McFly: Yeah, I know, I got a real problem with that.