How does the U.S. agricultural system affect oil prices?



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    Agriculture in the US, as well as many other countries, is a major consumer of oil.  Because the price of oil depends largely on demand driving up the price of a limited resource, the demand for oil from agriculture is a major factor in high oil prices.  In modern agriculture oil is used in the making of artificial fertilizers and pesticides, to pump water in farm irrigation systems, to power machinery used to till fields, and for many other purposes as well.  Thus, a shift to agricultural practices that rely less on synthetic chemical inputs, conserve water wisely, and minimize use of heavy machinery can help us reduce consumption and the price of oil nation-wide.

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