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Contingency Plans for food prices. 
 
Apr. 30, 2011 1:09 pm 
Updated: May 1, 2011 7:16 pm
Someone said on one of the boards that they had to give up food for gas to get to work.  Considering it was on a board about losing weight, I wasn't too worried.  The bad part is shortly we may not have to worry about giving up food to buy gas because you won't be able to afford the food anyway.

Everyone is chattering about gas prices but they are missing the major part of this.  It makes like darn hard when an oil bill is $500 for heat but it will get worse.  Farmers are firing up spring planting equipment at the same prices you are paying for gas.  They don't get a discount.  In fact they may have to pay more if the company delivers to them.  That price will get passed on to you.  Farming equipment is not fuel efficient. You will not get 25 miles per gallon out of even a small combine.  If you don't know what I am talking about this is a Combine
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That price is planting, caring for and harvest.  If gas prices go up, it gets added into the total.  IF you are taking the food to cattle or chickens or other livestock which needs care such as a manure spreader.  You are adding more.  A farm runs by gas unless you are Amish.  

As I tell everyone, you ain't seen nothin' yet baby.  Just wait.  The local food shop is about to get pretty unpleasant when these prices roll in.  I do not envy anyone with children right now.  It's going to get bad.  Health care is going to be the least of anyones worries.  If they came up with the perfect plan tomorrow and even balanced the budget you are still looking at food prices that are going to soar astronomically this summer.  Well at least the speculators will be able to eat.

I'm from a farm family.  John George farmed.  Benjamin his son farmed.  His son farmed [we think John was his name],  Jacob my great grandfather farmed.   SM my grandfather farmed.  Mom didn't marry a farmer but I grew up on Granddad's farm.   From 1770s after the Revolution we farmed.  John George's father was a doctor.  Before that we were doctors and  Canon lawyers in Germany. 

We are making a vertical garden for next year.  This year will be container gardening.  We have the local discount warehouse that sells to discount food stores that opens the doors to the public in the area on Friday Mornings.  It looks like Walmart at Christmas on a Black Friday if they said everything in the store is 75% off.  We also have another discount food store.  I can buy things like Hamburger Helper for a buck.  Blackberries for two bucks.  Canned Asparagus for 50 cents.  Candy bars four for a dollar.  They even have things like McDonald's French Fries Frozen for 5 bucks.  I discovered they send LARGE packages of French Fries that way.  I guess that makes perfect sense.

But we are lucky.  I know of two other stores like that.  While I would have to drive for one of them and cross a mountain range, the prices make it worth it.

Others are not going to be so lucky.  I can plant, can, freeze.  If it gets bad my sister will get beef cattle and we can buy from her.  She has her own chickens so all my eggs can come from her.  We will do what we did for centuries but others can't.

All I keep thinking is we need to focus on what is going to cost us the most.  And if people starve, you won't have to worry about health insurance.  They will either be gone or as one of my co workers said "They'll be coming in the windows."   Would you let your kids starve?  

Figure out a back up plan today.  Read about vertical gardening which requires very little work, very little space and can give you food to freeze, can or dry.  Find the local discount store.  Learn how to make things from scratch instead of having to buy the already prepackaged item.  

And tell your congressman to start worrying about things that are going to hurt the population the most.   If you can't eat, you don't need to worry about anything else.  You need a roof over your head and food on the table.  We can work the rest out if we have those things with time to do it in.
 
Comments
petey 
Apr. 30, 2011 6:51 pm
You are spot on. We are hands on a large beef ranch and the gas prices are killing us. We have to use tractors and heavy equip all the time, as well as haul in feed, salt and haul cattle in big trucks. The state of our economy is really scary and if we don't vote in some fiscal conservatives we will be the newest 3rd world country!
 
May 1, 2011 12:22 am
Actually I would go for a congress with half a brain and something steers are missing.
 
Mamaw1 
May 1, 2011 7:16 pm
Agree with both of you. Don't forget, farmers get the smallest piece of the dollar pie, (check this out on reputable analysis sites) and that doesn't change when production prices rise. An acre of land has become pricier as crops sell for higher prices. The middle-man gets a very hefty chunk, as well as the retailers. Farmers were going broke when the market was having a field day with prices. Learning to raise your own food, even in the city, and finding sources for protein other than the supermarkets, makes a dent in the budget and boosts the healthy status of the foods eaten. My cousin has a "coop"(shed)of backyard chickens in an Atlanta suburb. The neighbors like fresh eggs, too.
 
 
 
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