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In recent months I’ve been looking at everts around the world from the perspective of “the big picture”.

Food prices have been going up and up.  Last April our local Fish & Chip shop sold Haddock & Chips for £10. Today’s price is £12.50.

But let’s put that into perspective – while I’m grumbling about the cost of my fish, there are 238 million people in 48 countries facing high levels of acute food insecurity. 

Despite the rallying cries of politicians desperately hoping for our vote, food is becoming scarcer.

The supply chain is in shambles. One UN leader recently called it “The Greatest Crisis Any of Us Have Ever Seen”

Let’s break down the chaos:

• Winter floods have wrecked harvests across the UK and Europe, leaving veggies, fruits, grains and livestock in sorry shape. Some farmland is a lost cause, unharvested crops are rotting and there’s not enough seed to plant for the spring.

• The recent collapse of the Francis Scott Key bridge in Baltimore – a vital artery for agricultural traffic – has dealt a blow to the already shaky US economy.

• And olive oil? Europe is running dry on supplies thanks to lousy weather ruining harvests two years in a row.

• Then there’s the Panama Canal, hit hard by drought, restricting crossings from 38 vessels a day to 24 and messing with global trade.

• Let’s not lose sight of Russia and Ukraine. Ukraine alone accounts for 10% of the world’s wheat market, 15% of the corn market, and 13% of the barley market. Unless the warmongers holster their itchy fingers and avoid WW3, those numbers will tank.

• Farmers worldwide are contending with falling sale prices, rising costs, increasingly heavy regulations, domineering retailers, burgeoning debt and the climate change.

It’s like a global bingo of harvest disasters in the world’s breadbaskets happening all at once.

What does this tell us?

It’s high time we stop relying solely on supermarkets and start taking charge of our own food supply. Think of it less as a shock and more as a call to action.

Whether you’ve got a backyard or you’re snug in a flat, there’s a way in. I’m not recommending anything I haven’t done myself.

Aquaponics Design Course: the growing of fish and plants together.  Aquaponics requires only 10% of water used in conventional growing.  There are no artificial chemicals or pesticides involved. The water is recycled clean and fed back to the fish in an endless loop.  Aquaponics can be grown in deserts and chilly spots too. Start small, then grow bigger.

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• Grow Your Own Food.    Become competent at growing delicious food in your own garden.  I’ve followed Marjory for several years and she’s outstanding in her field.

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• Grow Your Own Groceries   Grow half your food in less than an hour a day!   Despite the webinar taking place last year It was confirmed that the information remains active.

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Get Food Freedom. Learn to grow potatoes in a bed, seed storage, build your own geodome, Even if you’re not a “prepper,” stocking up on jars and tins of food in dark places, away from moisture isn’t a half-bad idea these days, if only to hedge the rising cost of food. To give you an idea of what’s needed for a family of 4, imagine you don’t go to the supermarket for three months and your 6 year old daughter says to you “I’m hungry”.

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Fermented Foods – can benefit your health in a variety of ways, such as improving digestion and lowering your risk for certain diseases, like type 2 diabetes and heart disease. Crucially, they promote a healthier and more diverse gut microbiome. Essential in any food crisis.

There are plenty of websites dedicated to this.

Or if you just sent to read a little more about what to do and how you can do it, read Joe Clark’s “Garden To Save The World” (look under ‘Nature’)

It’s time to print your own money!

Graeme Dinnen

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