Nine meals away from anarchy?

london-yieldJohn Thackara (Doors of Perception) tells me about the comments of the head of the UK Countryside Agency who warned recently that Britain was ‘nine meals away from anarchy.’ Britain’s food supply is so totally dependent on oil – 95 per cent of the food eaten there is oil-dependent – that if the oil supply were suddenly to be cut off it would take just three full days before law and order broke down.

This chimes with a recent film I saw hosted by my local Transition Town on how Cuba responded after oil was cut off in the 1990s. Doomsday thinking is obviously on the rise.

An exhibition in London looks at different ways that cities might be transformed from consumers to generators of food.


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