Feasting On Fuel
Large banks of fluorescent lamps provide the spectrum of light that keeps the floating beds of plants alive year-round in The Plant Chicago, a vertical farming facility. (File: Peter Gray/Harvest Public Media)

Feasting On Fuel

Fossil Fuels

You might not think about it, but our modern food production system is based on turning fossil fuels into food.

A largely inefficient system, with about 10 units of fossil energy converting to about 1 unit of food energy, it’s unsustainable as the global population continues to rise.

So, who is researching the innovations we need to become more energy efficient in our food system? How can we use less energy? How can we create more?

In conjunction with Inside Energy, we’re taking a deep dive into the energy that goes into food and the methods producers are discovering to create energy from our food.