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The rising cost of food
BBC News Magazine ^ | Monday, 10 March 2008 | Finlo Rohrer

Posted on 03/10/2008 9:24:06 PM PDT by fishhound

Global stocks of wheat are plummeting and people are starting to worry about the price of staples like bread. But can you beat the commodity market by growing your own?

Look out your back window. How's the grass?

If you've got a garden at all, it might be that the grass is an unloved scrub as sparse as Elton John's hair used to be. Or it could be a lush strip of glorious verdure. Either way, the odds are you're not getting much use out of it. Wouldn't it be great if you could improve your health, help the environment and at the same time do your part to fight inflation?

The world is running dangerously low on wheat, one of civilisation's original staple foods. Drought in Australia and China and a switch to meat in the newly prosperous parts of the world are putting the squeeze on wheat. Prices are at a record high.

Baker and organic food campaigner Andrew Whitley believes the answer lies in your back garden and that it's time, as he puts it, to "bake your lawn". He is launching the Real Bread Campaign.

"If wheat makes bread why not grow bread just like you grow vegetables. We think of it as being a massive prairie-style enterprise but it is just a plant like anything else. It's like grass.

"There are few things that give greater satisfaction than being able to grow something and harvest it and share it with friends and family."

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TOPICS: Business/Economy; Culture/Society; United Kingdom
KEYWORDS: growyourown; wheat
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To: Tammy8

I use electric dehydrators. They are all pretty good, now. But, be sure to get one with several trays. Some only have three trays that hold a minimal amount of food.

Mine have at least five to eight trays, each.

I have made jerkey - but think it is better in the oven - not the dehydrator. The problem is, that food closer to the heater, dehydrates quicker, and it is important to rotate the trays.

I have never found it to be time consuming. I love to get a ten pound bag of potatoes on sale and then dehydrate them for future use. (Makes great scalloped potates! Re-hydrated, makes for good home fries for breakfast.)

You can also can meat in mason jars. I have never done it (but am sure tempted, now). The internet is full of instructions for it all.

If you want more information, do a google on ‘food dehydrators’. You will get over 300,000 links.

Hope this helped a little. ;-)

51 posted on 03/11/2008 12:15:46 AM PDT by yorkie (The FEW. The PROUD. The MARINES. Semper Fi)
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To: cherry

Alot of people don’t think about soap.

Who knows how to make soap anymore?

You can buy like a cubic foot of soap for ten dollars. And from what I’ve seen of the pioneer series where folks go out and try to live like pioneers, soap and perfumes and toiletries are valued way more than even food.

52 posted on 03/11/2008 2:27:34 AM PDT by djf (She's filing her nails while they're draggin the lake....)
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To: buffyt
"Our tomato plants are doing well already."

Lucky you. Mine, if I had any and could see them, are under 2 feet of snow. lol

Pray for GloBull warming.

53 posted on 03/11/2008 3:34:28 AM PDT by Conservative Vermont Vet (One of ONLY 37 Conservatives in the People's Republic of Vermont. Socialists and Progressives All)
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To: yorkie
Can meat in a mason jar? (drool). I've done it and the meat is soooo tasty you'll never want to eat fresh again. (sigh)

Ya need a pressure canner though.

54 posted on 03/11/2008 4:01:53 AM PDT by mommadooo3 (Old concept in justice. If the law won't take care of it, it's just us.)
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To: tcrlaf

Now that the price of corn has gone up causing meat and milk to go out of sight, they are working on making gasoline from sugar cane.

55 posted on 03/11/2008 4:58:44 AM PDT by lonestar
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To: yorkie

Thanks, it really does help. I have been thinking about trying them again, and it does help to find someone likes them.

My mother did all sorts of canning, it is not too bad- just make sure you really understand and follow directions to the letter on things like meat especially. Though my mother canned she had a healthy fear of making us sick and was very careful. She made me so paranoid that I don’t can, but I should.

56 posted on 03/11/2008 8:06:07 AM PDT by Tammy8 (Please Support and pray for our Troops, as they serve us every day.)
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To: Tammy8

I still can soups and chili. It’s great to go to the cupboard and have homemade soup there.

57 posted on 03/11/2008 8:40:29 AM PDT by MarkeyD (Just another country bumpkin looking forward to Fred!)
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To: fishhound

58 posted on 03/11/2008 8:41:20 AM PDT by SuziQ
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To: fishhound


How many times has mass starvation been predicted? How many times has it happened?

59 posted on 03/11/2008 3:56:36 PM PDT by redgolum ("God is dead" -- Nietzsche. "Nietzsche is dead" -- God.)
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To: tiki

well, they have my respect. I have tried to grow things, sometimes yes, sometimes no.

60 posted on 03/11/2008 6:12:08 PM PDT by television is just wrong
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To: redgolum

Well, starvation in the sense of people starving to death? Not often, but famine and system malnutrition are common.

Never, though, has there been a global shortage of food - usually it’s a local shortage, combined with the inability of people in an area to afford food. Like if Indian subsistence farmers get hit with a long drought, they themselves have no produce to market, and then can’t afford the available food. Hoarding compounds the problem. The green revolution fixed a lot of the problem for india, but it is pervasive in less well-developed countries.

A lot of it has to do with governmental intervention - farm subsidies mess with the ability of third-world farmers (the people with the competitive advantage in this labor and land-intensive industry) to compete, especially for textiles like cotton, etc.

It would make a lot more sense for governments to spend a fraction of their subsidy expenditures on ensuring food stockpiles, and then let the market do its thing.

61 posted on 04/27/2008 11:55:10 PM PDT by socalgop
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