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Good introductory text to PO - warning Japan

 
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PostPosted: Wed Sep 21, 2005 10:30 pm    Post subject: Good introductory text to PO - warning Japan Reply with quote

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I've put this here because I think this walks the reader through the subject very well indeed and is thus an excellent introductory text. Snippets....

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A Blind Eye to Peak Oil
Japan's mainstream media has studiously avoided addressing the issue of peak oil, even though the country has essentially no oil reserves. Searching the databases of the major Japanese newspapers yields one lone Asahi newspaper piece from last January 16. And searching google with the various Japanese translations of ?peak oil? renders only a few hundred hits, whereas searching in the original English produces about 1,700,000 hits.
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Japan only produces 40 percent of its food supply. According to the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), ranking 28th out of the 29 OECD countries. By comparison, the UK's food self-sufficiency ratio is 74, Germany's is 96, America's 125, and that of France is 132. Moreover, FAO data show that Japan?s self-sufficiency is declining, having dropped from 60 percent in 1970 to its present low level. By contrast, the UK has gone from 46 percent self-sufficiency in 1970 to its present ability to supply about three-quarters of its consumption. And German self-sufficiency in 1970 was a relatively low 68 percent compared to its nearly complete self-sufficiency today. These data underline the failure of Japan?s postwar agriculture policy. The self-sufficiency rate for rice in Japan is 100 percent, but only 14 percent for wheat, 6 percent for beans, 82 percent for vegetables, 44 percent for fruits, 54 percent for meat and 57 percent for seafood.
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Each Japanese consumer annually consumed 7093 ton-kilometres of food whereas consumers in the US consumed 1051. Even Britain, another island nation, took only 3195 ton-kilometres per capita.
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For the UK, "The food system is a significant contributor to climate change. A typical UK family of four would, each year, emit 4.2 tonnes of CO2 from their house, 4.4 tonnes from their car, and 8 tonnes from the production, processing, packaging and distribution of the food they eat.?
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Marine shipping is regarded as energy efficient; but it generally involves very long distances and consumes the dirtiest fuel available, bunker oil, making a large bulk carrier as polluting as about 12,000 cars.
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So I'm going to get one of these....

http://ds1.dreifels.ch/fb/index.asp?PA=page.asp?DH=2058

...and go crop-raiding in France! Razz
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PostPosted: Wed Sep 21, 2005 11:27 pm    Post subject: Re .: Reply with quote

What is a " ton- kilometer " ?
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PostPosted: Wed Sep 21, 2005 11:31 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

It's a product of food miles and quantity of food.
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