*** This post isn’t intended to create fear, or about going out and hoarding food or panic buying, but rather to get people thinking… ***
The photos in this post are from a local grocery store. During my last few trips to the store, the produce section has looked, well, quite scarce. (These photos actually show more stock than what I saw in the same store just two days prior.) I inquired with a few different employees asking why the shelves looked so empty. They told me “The truck hasn’t made it in for a few days,” yet nobody could really explain why the truck couldn’t make it…
This issue isn’t just isolated to my local store or town. If you feel inclined, research the MEANINGS, and look for past PATTERNS IN HISTORY, as they relate to: Food Shortages, Famine and Global Food Scarcity. A lack of food availability can be caused by several factors including wild fires, weather, climate change, war, inflation, crop failure, a labor crisis, population imbalance, pandemics and/or government policies.
More food for thought: Ninety percent, (yes, 90%) of the global trade grain is controlled by just four multinational corporations, there are only NINE big food companies in control of what is sold and bought in retail outlets. (source: Mark Hyman, MD and Author)
As you research these topics, I ask you to consider ways that you can assist your family and your community when it comes to food you have access to. Perhaps it is time to learn how to grow your own food, (and a little extra to help those in your community who are food insecure)? Perhaps it is time to build a relationship with a local farmer, support your local produce stands, or start subscribing to a Community-Supported Agriculture (CSA) subscription? Perhaps it is time to learn to preserve food and/or start learning how to can food? (Food canning is a method of food preservation in which food is processed and sealed in an airtight container. Canned food typically has a shelf life of 1-5 years.) Perhaps it is time to start building a community garden, (or a few)? Perhaps it is time to become more self-sustainable when it comes to the food we eat? Perhaps…you will come up with a new way?
Again, this post isn’t intended to create fear, or to send you out to panic buy, but rather to get you to expand your thinking and to increase your awareness on the topic of food shortages.