Meeting Minutes from InspireSeattle Social on February 26, 2011

The Petroleum on Your Dinner Plate

On average, 10 calories of fossil fuels are embodied in every calorie of food that we eat. This means that our food system is one of the greatest generators of greenhouse gas emissions, and it also means that our food system is vulnerable to peak oil. In this interactive talk, sustainable food advocate and peak oil expert Derik Andreoli traces the politics of the nutrient cycle and shows how our individual food choices can re-establish a healthy and sustainable metabolic relation with the soil.

The speaker, Derik Andreoli, is a doctoral candidate in Geography at the University of Washington studying the relationship between oil and the economy, with an approach that is rooted in the theories and concepts of ecological economics and ecosocialism.  Derik believes that we both as individuals and collectively as a global society can prosper even under material and energetic constraints.  We can become happier and healthier, but in order to do so we must first recognize the destructive capacity of business-as-usual and consciously work to lessen our impacts on the environment, society, and ultimately ourselves.

Derik writes The Seventh Fold, a blog about our energy future, the environment, and the economy.


Speaker: Derik Andreoli


Thank you to Bill Bradburd for arranging for our speaker and
to both Bill and Emily for opening up their home for our social.


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