Here's a really great video from the folks at Good Magazine (great magazine! loved their food issue; chickens eating chickens!) about how most of our major problems today are related. High gas shortages, crazy weather, the weaker dollar, the higher cost of food. It really is mind blowing to think about how rapidly things around us are declining, and how short of a time it's been.
I can remember paying $0.75 for gas in the last 10 years... now the price has gone up over 500%! Farmers we know around here cannot believe the price they're getting for their corn. Definitely a good thing for them, perhaps not so good for the rest of the world. So check out this video. Perhaps look at the source page at the end for some further research. What are we going to do to fix this?