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Although the energy boom in North Dakota has led to a 2.8 percent unemployment rate, the lowest in the nation,
 the downside has been harder times for farmers who have long been mainstays of the state’s economy.
Agriculture was North Dakota’s No. 1 industry for decades, representing a quarter of its economic base,
 but recent statistics show that oil and gas have become the biggest contributors to the state’s gross domestic product.
Grain Piles Up - Oil Rolls On

Oil Crowds Out Grain


And Now The Coal Is Piling Up

Oil Crowds Out Coal



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Crude Oil Fetches $10.00 to $17.00 a barrel for rail freight charges at 660 bbl capacity thats $6600.00 to $11220.00 a car
Rail Freight Rates For Crude

Grain Fetches $1.00 to $3.00 a bushel for rail freight charges at 3500 bushel capacity thats $3500.00 to $10500.00 a car
How Much Does It Cost

Grain Shipping Comparisons

The Fine Print On BNSF


Ironic Is It Not
A Oil Train Parked In Front Of A Grain Elevator With No Grain Cars

Heidi, Heidi, And The Pump And Dump



A Photo Speaks A Million Words


Nothing like a good laugh as Ag goes in the toliet.

Oil Boom & Bumper Crop And Child Poverty Stays The Same
Child Poverty Bust

Farming And Fossil Fuels

Interview with Michael Ruppert
The Sinking Titanic

In our world a farmer drives an oil-powered machine to plow fields. He or she then drives another oil-powered machine to plant seeds.
 Water for irrigation is -- in most cases -- pumped by electricity generated by coal, natural gas, and oil.
Germany has made great strides in electrical generation through Feed-in-Tariffs which have exploded solar and wind generation
 but they do not resolve the whole equation.  After seeds are planted and irrigated the crops are then sprayed with pesticides
(derived from oil) and fertilizers (produced from natural gas).  To harvest the crops the farmer then drives another oil-powered machine.
Then oil is used to transport the food to processing plants and for subsequent distribution.
Food is often wrapped in plastic (also oil) and frequently treated with chemical additives also derived from oil and gas.

Globalization has only compounded the issue by shipping food all over the world (wasting oil) for the sake of profit rather than sustainability.
 I live in California and can go to a market and find strawberries from Chile while Southern California grows great strawberries.
This pattern is the same for most food consumed in industrialized countries.
This only happened because cheap labour costs and less-stringent regulation became more important than common sense.
Money overcomes logic every time. But just watching globalization end will not solve the problem.
As I have said for years, globalization dies with cheap energy.
There's little point in fighting it anymore unless the struggle is in pursuit of a unified energy vision.

The Energy We Spend On Food
10 Calories In - 1 Calories Out



Downtown Fargo - As Oil Train Rolls By
25 Miles East Of Explosive Casselton Derailment
Bakken (Bomb) Oil Train Derailments



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