How much of our petroleum consumption goes to the production and transport of food?



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    Alot of energy is used in the production and sale of food.  In fact, a stuy done in 2000 said that 10% of all energy usage was from food production, transport, or sale.  About 40% of the energy used in the food business is put towards the production of fertilizers and pesticides.  This takes about 5.5 gallons of fossil fuels per acre.  23% of the energy usage is from the packaging and processing.  As far as transportation, the average food product travels 1500 miles before being consumed. 

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