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Are You Ready For Massive Food Inflation?

groceryreciept 200x266 Are You Ready For Massive Food Inflation?As you may have noticed, food prices are going up all over the place. Your grocery budget just doesn’t go as far as it once did.

Not only are prices going up in a noticeable fashion, but you may have also noticed packaging shenanigans that the food companies are pulling to hide the inflation that’s occurring.

In a nutshell, they’re changing the packaging to contain less product with the same size package, often for even higher prices.  The price per unit for so many things is going through the roof and most people out there have no clue this is happening.

The problem is just going to get worse.  Commodity prices are going up.   Bigtime.  We’re talking a doubling in some food commodities in the last year.  And oil prices are going up with no end in sight.

All of this impacts the price you pay for food.  Oil most of all.

So what are you going to do about it?

Plant A Garden

squarefootgardening 200x151 Are You Ready For Massive Food Inflation?One of the easiest things you can do is plant a garden and raise some of your own food that way.  Everyone can do this, even if it’s just a few terra cotta pots in a window.  The more you can grow, the better off you will be money wise as well as health wise.

Starting a garden is pretty straight forward.  If you’ve never gardened before, I recommend Square Foot Gardening as a good starting point.  It’s simple, easy to understand, and above all systemic.  This is very important, because having a system to follow is key to your success.

Once you’ve got a garden going, keep expanding it slowly.  Don’t go whole hog the first year, but learn and grow more as you go.  Your first few years will be a big learning experience for you, I guarantee!

But it’s definitely worth the work!  If you’ve never had fresh vegetables that came from a garden, you have no idea what you’re missing.

Raise Small Livestock

P8010195 500x375 200x150 Are You Ready For Massive Food Inflation?By small livestock I mean primarily chickens and rabbits.  They are quick to produce, and are generally pretty hard to screw up too badly.

Now, you’ll definitely want to check your locality to make sure that you can have rabbits or chickens in your back yard, because sometimes you just can’t.  We can’t have chickens, for example, which annoys me to no end.

I recommend at least having a few chickens if you can, eggs are expensive commercially and if you have your own chickens, you’ll never have to buy an egg again!  Check out this post on raising chickens for more details.

Join A CSA Program

csafood 200x150 Are You Ready For Massive Food Inflation?CSA is short for Community Supported Agriculture.  It’s sorta like a buying club for farm products.  You’re helping to pay for the expenses of raising the crops on the participating farm.  One upside is that you get great food, but a corresponding downside is that you end up sharing the risk with the farmer.

After you join, you do not pay for a specific amount of product but rather support the budget of the whole farm and receive weekly what is seasonally ripe.

This approach eliminates the marketing risks, costs for the producer and an enormous amount of time and labor, and allows producers to focus on quality care of the soils, crops, animals and co-workers as well as on serving the customers.

If you’re interested in participating in a CSA, you can look for a local program on the Local Harvest website.

Purchase Local Products Farm Direct

grassfedbeef 200x150 Are You Ready For Massive Food Inflation?Most areas have a farmers market that you can buy food from.  Be careful that you’re buying farm direct though.  Several ‘farmers market’ stands around here are actually selling full on commercial food, not the good stuff you get from smaller organic operations.

Another good thing to consider is buying meats from local farms.  You can usually buy portions of cows, hogs, and other common meats for a flat fee per pound.  The downside of this is your average price per pound is probably higher than you would normally spend, but the quality is better and you get a bunch of fancy cuts for way below what you’d normally get.

I highly recommend buying your meats this way instead of from the store if you can.  It’s much better for you.  Trust me on this!

Hunting And Fishing

fishing 200x131 Are You Ready For Massive Food Inflation?If you’re into such things, you could go hunting and fishing to fill up the freezer.  It’s a ton of fun, and you are building and practicing a skill that will be invaluable during any sort of survival situation.

Most areas have seasons to consider for both hunting and fishing, but that’s where the freezer comes into play.  Be sure to enjoy the bounty of your catch fresh as well!

I’m not going to go into too much detail on this, but if you’d like to learn more, let me know and I’ll see what I can do about putting together some more information for you.

Wrapping Up

These are just a few ideas on how to prepare yourself for the continuing increase in food prices.  I’d love to hear what you’re doing for your own family.  Leave a comment and let me know!

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  2. Grannie Clampett says:

    Excellent and timely post, Rudy! The price inflation you describe is something that is hitting EVERYONE who buys groceries. Your suggestions are great ways all of us can make a difference in our budgets and eat better at the same time. Appreciate all your info and encouragement!

  3. Anna Bailey says:

    I guess one hidden benefit of this massive inflation is if it’s due to the increase in oil prices and therefore the increase in transportation costs, many of the local food prices won’t go up in cost. Especially those with next to no outside inputs – grassfed beef or pastured chickens come to mind for this. Myself, I’ve been planning on looking into rabbits lately so this may be the push I need. Just need to get some bees out here to pollinate my fruit trees & bushes and I will be good!

    Something else to consider for your readers – for those of you who are just learning and haven’t gotten “on the wagon” yet for bulk food buying, DO IT! Tax time is coming and for many people that means a refund. Instead of spending that refund on the latest gadgets or a 4G phone, spend it on stocking up your pantry. There’s lots of foods that are tons cheaper when you make them yourself vs. buying.

  4. Kathleen says:

    We have been back yard gardening for a few years now and are fine tuning our garden, trying things we like and acutally keeping the practical veggies we can grow cheaper. I have done alot of canning and preserving this year from my back yard and our farmers market. We shop at the farmers market for meat, cheese, bread, fruits, eggs and vegetables. I find over the years making friends with our farmers shows them we are repeat customers and sometimes we get a little discount here and there or a freebe. Definitely shopping the store ads and stocking up on items on sale.

  5. Debbie says:

    I stopped at the grocery store today to pick up a few items today. As I was shopping, I overheard three couples discussing how the prices are getting higher. People are starting to take notice.

    One other thing I noticed today is that the shelves aren’t as stocked as they usually are. Some of the items are just gone while others have only a few boxes or cans available. I mentioned this to my mother who lives in another town and she said she is noticing the same thing at the stores in her area.

    It is illegal in my city to have chickens. I am considering going before the city council to see if this can be changed. Does anyone have any advice or information to help me with my petition?

  6. Gymno says:

    Rudy, right on. THe united nations publishes a food price index for the last 10 years. In
    2000 it was 92. A year ago it was 172. Dec 2010 was 215…..wow! THanks for the tips. The charts i mentioned are here and published by the UN.

    http://www.fao.org/worldfoodsituation/FoodPricesIndex/en/

  7. Shary says:

    Your great list of ideas to fight inflation reminded me: As folks plan their gardens for spring, consider buying a mix of hybrid and non-hybrid (heirloom) seeds. In the long run your heirloom seeds will be a blessing. Their seeds can bee harvested for future crops. Folks who use heirloom seeds can become food-supply-independent. Heirloom seeds are a good economic investment, many people feel they provide more nutrition. Most seed packets identify whether or not seeds are heirloom or organic.. and most garden supplies offer a big selection of heirloom. Now’s a good time to order seed catalogs if you are not already on mailing lists. Also the Heirloom Organics website is very informative: http://www.non-hybrid-seeds.com/

  8. Lisa Akers says:

    You don’t mention doing your own food preservation. Canning, freezing, and dehydrating are great ways to put that garden and small livestock away for the cold winter months. Instead of buying in bulk, you’re growing your own in bulk, which saves even more.

  9. Fiona says:

    Some friends and I are trying to get ready. We get on our computers and IM ideas back and forth about how to prepare for this. It’s going to get a lot worse, in my opinion, and the majority of folks just aren’t ready, or aren’t aware, or are like ostriches, sticking their heads in the proverbial sand hoping it will all go away. I don’t think it will. Start learning various food preservation methods. Invest in a canner, a dehydrator, a meal saver bag system. Scout out the grocery stores with the cheapest prices and go buy some major amounts of fruits and veg and preserve them. Start figuring out how you can grow some of your own no matter where you live. My dad grew up in the East End of London during the Blitz, and it was his job to raise rabbits for food. Everyone had a Victory garden, even in the poorest sections. Just because we haven’t had to face this kind of deprivation before doesn’t mean we can’t start teaching ourselves the skills we’ll need.

  10. Holly Boyd says:

    My husband and I were figuring where to invest our money. Everything – including gold – so unstable, but then… food! People will do anything when they are hungry, so we bought our own “food insurance” and then since it has helped us sleep SO MUCH BETTER we decided to share it with everyone we can. Lasts 10 years, worst case, (or best case) you eat it in 2021 and don’t have a grocery bill!

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