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Food Shortages – Supply Lines Complicated by Drought, COVID Concerns, Inflationary Pressures and More

Food Shortages – Supply Lines Complicated by Drought, COVID Concerns, Inflationary Pressures and More
Food Shortages

Editorial Comment: As news of the pandemic spread in the early days of coronavirus news, the shelves of grocery stores were emptied. …and many were only intermittently replenished. Notoriously unavailable were disinfectant products like Lysol, and protective wear including N-95 masks. Anectodal reports began to appear with news of food shortages and products including active dry yeast, and canning jars. Durable goods including home freezers and other kitchen appliances were on back order with lengthy wait times.

Supply chain problems persist. Shortages continue to wreck havoc along our supply lines even now. Drought conditions in some areas and floods in others, ongoing COVID concerns related to both the virus itself and policies surrounding the pandemic generally, and inflationary pressures are among the factors complicating markets in the U.S. and around the world.

There are important steps you can take to steady food supply for your individual households, and within your communities.

  • Stock and maintain your home pantries with long-term shelf-stable foods.
  • Rotate your food for expiration dates to keep your supplies fresh.
  • Learn to cook from scratch, and to use substitutions.
  • Grow a home garden, and learn to preserve your summer garden extras by canning, dehydrating, and even freeze-drying foods for late fall and winter time use.
  • Keep your garden growing through the winter in a greenhouse.
  • Raise and keep egg-laying hens for farm fresh eggs throughout the year.
  • Consider the possibility of a small-scale ranch for raising beef cattle, dairy cattle, or goats.
  • Learn about aquaponics and aquaculture. Explore the possibility of raising your own fish.

A message to larger producers… Before turning under your fields or culling your herds, please seek out every alternative option that will preserve food for many people who, for a whole host of reasons, are unable to produce for themselves, or need supplemental sources of nutritious food. Communicate with one another, with processors, with distributors, with your professional associations, and with policy makers.

A message to policymakers… You have a tremendous opportunity to lead. Simplify and make accessible and affordable opportunities for people to become food producers, and to ease the burdens for those producers who are already part of our larger marketplace. Farmers and ranchers do not seek a hand-out, but they would surely benefit from a helping-hand in the form of reductions to those regulations that create unnecessary impairments.

Posted at Ice Age Farmer: ““Rolling Shortages” of Food? UK Meat Tax & Food Riots” By Ice Age Farmer
“The UK is now experiencing “rolling brownouts of food supply,” as advisors warn there may be “food riots” in the weeks ahead as food prices escalate to unaffordable levels and shelves are emptied. This is coming soon to the USA and Europe.”

Food Substitutions Bible: More Than 6,500 Substitutions for Ingredients, Equipment and Techniques
by David Joachim
Cooks need information on how to substitute ingredients — often in a hurry. This expanded, updated and revised edition of the IACP-award-winning reference puts even more useful cooking information at the fingertips of home cooks. This reissue is perfectly timed as the perfect companion to the new, second edition of The Cook’s Essential Kitchen Dictionary. This comprehensive, easy-to-use guide is organized from A to Z, with thousands of alternatives that can quickly and easily solve on-the-spot cooking dilemmas. Whether a substitute for a key ingredient or utensil, or simply how to create a different flavor or texture, there is a wealth of fresh and enjoyable ideas that will inspire confidence in the kitchen.

The Prepper’s Guide to Drying, Canning and Preserving Your Own Survival Food
by Macenzie Guiver
While a storeroom packed with number 10 cans might be the dream of every prepper family, it is not a reality for most of us. Between budgetary constraints and space limitations, many families simply don’t have the extra cash available to invest large amounts of money in pre-packaged shelf-stable food that may never be used. This means we need to be creative and self-sufficient in order to meet our long term food storage goals. One of the best ways to cut the cost of meeting those goals is to grow, raise, and hunt your own food and then preserve it yourself. While you may not be able to can and dehydrate your way to a 20-year food supply, you can make real progress on building your food stores without spending a fortune. All you need is a little extra time, a little effort, and the right know how.

Survival 101 Raised Bed Gardening: The Essential Guide To Growing Your Own Food In 2020
by Rory Anderson
When food supplies run dry, and grocery stores sell out, how do you feed your family? Do you know how to secure a steady supply of high-quality foods that will provide you with optimal nutrition? Are you ready to be hands-on in your food supply chain, so you no longer have to rely on a fragile system? If you answered yes to any of these questions, then keep reading. The first step in taking your food supply chain into your own hands is learning about raised bed gardening. Raised bed gardening is a survivalist top secret to having high quality, reliable crop yields. Unlike conventional in-ground gardens, raised bed gardens offer an array of benefits, ranging from better soil and growing conditions to easier access from the person maintaining the garden. Although it may seem even more daunting to have to take on the task of building and managing your own gardens, it is actually easier than you might think. And with a good step-by-step guide like Survival 101: Raised Bed Gardening 2020, you will gain insight into everything you need to know to help you create your own raised bed garden. Taking your food supply into your own hands does not have to be challenging. In fact, it can be one of the easiest and smartest things you ever do in your life.

The Beginner’s Guide to Raising Chickens: Keeping Chickens Happy and Healthy, Building Pretty Chicken Coops And Cooking With Your Fresh Eggs And Meat.
by Julia Millzoe
Do you want to raise chickens but don’t know how to start? Well, if you say yes then this book is right for you. The use of chickens in food production grew and eventually matured into what we know of it today. Chicken is one of the most common meats in the world, mainly due to its availability and low cost. Practically all parts of the chicken can be used in food, and the meat itself can be cooked in several different ways. Most people, however, choose to raise chickens for their eggs. Chicken eggs can be easily cultivated right from your backyard. Hens typically don’t need a male to produce their eggs, only to fertilize them. So, that means you can have several egg-laying hens in your backyard to produce fresh chicken eggs. Home raised chicken eggs are one of the healthiest choices available. Eggs from chickens raised commercially, known as battery raised, have high rates of salmonella and can be harmful over the long-term. By having control over the chicken’s diet and egg production, you are able to get eggs that are much more beneficial to you and your health.

Aquaponic Gardening: A Step-By-Step Guide to Raising Vegetables and Fish Together
by Sylvia Bernstein
Dive into home aquaponics with this definitive do-it-yourself guide. Aquaponic Gardening gives you all the tools you need to create your own aquaponic system and enjoy healthy, safe, fresh and delicious food all year round. Aquaponics is a revolutionary system for growing plants by fertilizing them with the waste water from fish in a sustainable closed system. A combination of the best of aquaculture and hydroponics, aquaponic gardening is an amazingly productive way to grow organic vegetables, greens, herbs and fruits, while providing the added benefits of fresh fish as a safe, healthy source of protein. On a larger scale, it is a key solution to mitigating food insecurity, climate change, groundwater pollution and the impacts of overfishing on our oceans.

Additional Reading…

Posted at Professor Preponomics: “Drought Conditions and the Important Implications for Food Supply – Weekend Homework”

HINT: Survival is one of those pass-fail kinds of courses. A passing answer shall not include “there is nothing else I can do”. There’s a lot you can do. Let’s get started.

Stay the course. Stay well. Be safe everyone!

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