A growing population and rapid climate change are causing problems with the supply of food throughout the country. While there have been reports of food shortages and a simultaneous increase in the cost of many products, many people can not recognize this looming crisis. Much of this comes from easy and continuous access to the food we enjoy, but that does not negate the decline of our resources.
Each summer shows more and more food shortages as droughts or floods affect farms, while the demand for food continues to grow in developing countries. While we have been producing a large amount of food for decades, enough to feed everyone if handled properly, many food experts see us approach the top of our food production.
The solutions to this global food crisis will begin in the backyard of each community. Small-scale food production at home will help alleviate food shortages and local hunger that threatens to overwhelm many. There are many ways to make sure you are protected against the food crisis that is coming, and here are the four main ones.
Start a small farm
Being able to produce your own food will be necessary to survive in the future as it used to be. If you do not know how to grow or grow your own food, it is easy to start with small herb gardens and tomatoes at the beginning. Slowly expand what you have and what you can do until you have grown enough.
This is not a difficult task, regardless of where you live. While open grasslands and large parcels of land are the most productive, urban farms have been taking off in the last decade. You can create an entire farm on a small plot of land with chickens and bees along with your vegetables and fruits. If you do not know where to start, check with your local cooperative or gardening association for assistance. They can also suggest good community gardens if you do not feel like you have the necessary space.
Learn to keep your food
Preserving your food is a tradition consecrated by time that takes very little time as long as you plan well. You can concentrate on canning, stripping or dehydrating food to see how it feels for you. While there are many tools that will help you during this process, you can try it with someone who has more experience in conservation or try it at home.
For example, dehydrating food is easier in a dehydrator, but you can also set your oven to 200 degrees F and have delicious dehydrated apples within eight hours. You can also take tomatoes (this is the suggested canning project for beginners due to acidity) in a large pot to avoid buying a large water bath.
If you decide to become a home conservation expert, buying a good dehydrator, pressure packer, vacuum sealer or solar-powered chest freezer will provide you with the materials you need for long-term storage.
Create a Mini-Store
Blast From the Past with Christopher Walken and Brendan Fraser has one thing in their favor, and that was the fully stocked shop they prepared. This type of storage will serve you well when food prices skyrocket and threaten to overwhelm you. A personal food bank is significantly more valuable than a savings account or a bonus.
Choose foods with a long shelf life, such as additional canned goods and dry foods. Pick up some food grade containers to store essential items in bulk such as wheat, beans and rice. Pick up other essential products, such as sugar, salt, coffee, cooking oils and peanut butter, which will surely go fast when supplies are limited. Consider what is essential for your nutrition and buy those items, since the price will be astronomical and then add supplements and vitamins to your shelf.
Store extra seeds
There are different organizations, including several governments around the world that have repository of relic seeds in safe warehouses for the future. This is for future plantings in the case of a global emergency, or to preserve seeds that may become extinct in the near future. This is something you should be doing too.
Seeds can be used as currency in the barter system and are necessary for the long-term growth of your personal farm. Learn how to save seeds from your healthiest plants for future use, ensuring genetic diversity in vegetation and the survival of your family.