(Sorry for all these rapid fire posts but I have things to say that aren’t of a mixed topic)
There’s been some news stories lately mentioned food scarcity. Some of it from lack of money, or job loss or even in some cases food banks running out of funds. A farmer in CO had 40K people show up to dig up their own veggies (although I wonder how many went to waste when people didn’t preserve them) and Daily Kos has this interesting (albeit a little sensational) article about problems in the heartland.
USA Today has had stories about food pantries and information about eating more cheaply. I can say, this year is the first time I ever remember seeing corn in the fields this late in the year, and we’ve already had a 3 inch snow and some serious ice, with another 3-5 tonight possible. (Not to mention a little flooding this summer) This seems to be in line with what the Daily Kos article is saying. Weather has played a big role in our food supply this year. Will that lead to food supply problems? I don’t honestly know, but things sure do seem to be stacking up in that direction.
I’ve decided to issue a little challenge, Crunchy Chicken style. For the forseeable future every week when I go to the grocery store I’m going to spend a few bucks and buy some food to donate to the food bank. Maybe some beef stew, mac and cheese or soup. Cans of tomatoes or maybe a big bag of rice. If I do a little bit each week it won’t be a lot to me but over time it will end up being a fair amount of food.
Is anyone else interested?