Tuesday, April 22, 2008

Wall Street Journal says...

...stock up on food while you still can.

Wall Street Journal Online: R.O.I.
Load Up the Pantry
April 21, 2008 6:47 p.m.

I don't want to alarm anybody, but maybe it's time for Americans to start stockpiling food.

No, this is not a drill...

...The main reason for rising prices, of course, is the surge in demand from China and India. Hundreds of millions of people are joining the middle class each year, and that means they want to eat more and better food.

A secondary reason has been the growing demand for ethanol as a fuel additive. That's soaking up some of the corn supply.

You can't easily stock up on perishables like eggs or milk. But other products will keep. Among them: Dried pasta, rice, cereals, and cans of everything from tuna fish to fruit and vegetables. The kicker: You should also save money by buying them in bulk...

Oy veh. And for good measure, the Christian Science Moniter says...

Food for America's famished
With prices skyrocketing for staples such as bread, the poor need more food donations.
from the April 22, 2008 edition

...Donations to private food banks are off 9 by percent. A CNN poll finds nearly 1 in 3 people already cutting back on food. Hunger, once again, is rising in America.

Some food banks and pantries have closed their doors for lack of supplies and because of higher prices for such staples as macaroni and cheese (up 86 percent a carton). Inflation for some basics such as milk, eggs, and bread have risen by double digits over the past year...

...More than 1 in 10 Americans live with what the Census Bureau calls "food insecurity" – they're forced to skip meals. Now is not the time for other Americans to skip out on their usual generosity...

Problem is, people can't give what they don't have.

UPDATE: Best solution - grow your own!
Front Yard Farming
Posted by: Christian Peralta
22 April 2008 - 2:00pm
A few eco-conscious -- and business savvy -- suburbanites are ripping up their lawns and growing vegetables to cater to the increasing demand for local produce.

...Since 2006, Mr. Nash, 31, has uprooted his backyard and the front or back yards of eight of his Boulder neighbors, turning them into minifarms growing tomatoes, bok choy, garlic and beets. Between May and September, he gives weekly bagfuls of fresh-picked vegetables and herbs to people here who have bought "shares" of his farming operation. Neighbors who lend their yards to the effort are paid in free produce and yard work...

In fact, a whole town is even doing it.

Daily Mail
The real Good Life:
An entire village turns against supermarkets and grows its own food
Last updated at 17:46pm on 14th April 2008

...They work on a rota system and raise their own chickens and pigs and grow potatoes, garlic, onions, chillis and green vegetables on eight acres of rented land.

...The "community allotment" sells 45 types of vegetables and 100 chickens a week, and is run by a committee which includes a radiologist, a computer programmer and a former probation officer.

...Nick Snelgar, 58, who came up with idea in 2003, said the project was gradually "weaning" villagers off of supermarkets.

..."So we aren't boycotting supermarkets entirely but we are gradually weaning people off them and as a result are reducing our carbon footprint by not using carrier bags and packaging."

..."We have other producers whose goods we sell and they include a sheep farmer and someone who has honey.

..."We don't yet do dairy, but we hope to include that in the future and we also intend to grow raspberries and strawberries.

"We set the prices by working out how much the food costs to produce. We then add 20 per cent...

..."When we started some people thought it would fail and we'd never last, but as the years have gone by more and more people have become involved.

We can do that, too! So why aren't we?

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