almost 2 years ago
April 17, 2008
a number of people have been talking about these subjects quite a bit, recently.
If you’ve not been paying attention to the world:
1. there are food riots all over the developing world
2. Food prices are spiking world-wide.
3. Biofuels (especially corn-based ethanol) are exacerbating the problem.
I know it may seem like this is happening ‘over there’ wherever ‘there’ is for you but be aware that problems ‘over there’ have a way of visiting everyone.
Two years ago 12% of the population of the United States was Food Insecure – that means they did not know if they were going to have enough calories on any given day. The price of food staples has spiked an average of 50%. That 12% (which, btw means 37 MILLION people in the US, alone) has not seen their situation improve, I’d wager. I wonder how much that number has changed by?
If you live in a rural/suburban area – think about growing some of your own food. It’s really quite straightforward and a good skill to have.
If you live in an urban area, get involved or start a community garden. Every little bit can help.