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How do I plan to beat food inflation, supply shortages?
Thursday, 12 May 2022 11:57
“Ask not what you can do for your country. Ask what’s for lunch.”
— Orson Welles

 

By DAVE EVANS
Special to the Daily Planet


Food inflation and food shortages are looming.

The “experts” are telling us, as is the media, that the effects could be quite severe and will really hit home later this year. 

Sticking to my contrarian instinct... I smell a rat! 

I believe that these conditions have been engineered so that they can help stimulate public support for the long planned transhuman “reset” culminating in the rise of a totalitarian New World Order. 

They plan to starve us into submission! “Let them eat cake!”  Marie-Antoinette famously proclaimed. You’ll be lucky if you can even get a Hostess Tastykake at the supermarket.

I could blame the current administration for these food-related problems and, you know what, I will because they certainly bear a good portion of the responsibility for they have done much to exacerbate the problem. 

Honestly, though, this situation has been brewing for a long time. When you rely on mass production and global systems, with high energy and resource requirements, you are bound to suffer when they fail and all things must fail due to the force of entropy, a thermodynamic law that guarantees that any system will fail over time. 

Luckily here in North Carolina, we have a robust local farm-to-table economy. This will help us greatly where others in big cities, for example, will be left with few options for buying food. 

Just the other day I had an epiphany that has helped me to understand how I can beat food inflation and the looming supply shortages. 

As I walked up and down the aisles of my local grocery store I came to realize that about 90 percent of what was for sale is processed food with very little nutritional value. 

The “calories in, calories out” myth has been proven wrong many times and all calories are not the same. Taking it a step further, I realized that the vast majority of the food sold in the local grocery store is actually bad for my health. 

It is important to note that much of our food is now genetically modified, the consequences of which are unknown. How does it feel to be a lab rat once again? 

As the ancient Chinese proverb says, “May you live in interesting times.” My variation of the proverb would add: “Though not too interesting.”

What we need to do is to change our understanding of what food really is. The standard American diet consists almost entirely of nutritionally deficient processed foods. 

I am going to plan my menus around nutritionally dense, living foods that are organically grown from our local farms. This type of produce is not likely to increase as much in price because it is grown very close to market. 

The cost of processed foods is set to skyrocket because the inputs in the form of energy, fertilizer, pesticides and transportation are increasing dramatically. 

The products of large agribusiness companies are going to increase. Most of the produce in the grocery store comes to us via huge agricultural operations from around the country and the world. Supply chain issues may actually cause severe shortages of certain foods including produce. Food that comes from far away will increase in price. You may have to give up those wonderful grapes from Chile and Alaskan salmon if you can even get them. This is significant because much of our food and produce is grown elsewhere. I suggest you trade in those grapes for apples and the salmon for local trout. We need to eat produce that is sourced as close to home as possible. 

I have chosen, for myself, to eat an essentially plant-based diet. Occasionally I will eat meat that is local, free range, organically produced, grass-fed and humanely raised. 

I can, if need be, survive without it. I eat very little seafood because of the relatively high levels of mercury that it contains. 

Obviously, to the extent that we can produce our own food we are going to be much better off. Check with your neighbors and see if you can create a community cooperative garden. This is a critical point. 

We need to work creatively together to solve this problem. It would be best for us and the environment to grow food according to organic/biodynamic and regenerative principles. Healthy soil means a much higher level of nutrition pound for pound. 

Here is a short checklist of how I plan to beat both the looming supply shortage of food and the attendant price inflation. Key points of my plan are as follows:

• Eat less (seems kind of obvious).

• Focus on only what you need to survive nutritionally (Not so obvious because most people don’t know what is good or bad for them and have been misled by the food industry).

• Shift to a plant-based diet (It is the optimum diet for human health).

• Eliminate processed foods (They are laden with chemicals and harmful artificial ingredients).

• Eliminate snack and junk foods (same as above).

• Buy local and organic produce when possible (It is grown naturally without deadly pesticides and herbicides).

• Stock up on local food that has been canned, pickled or otherwise soundly preserved. 

• Eat more fermented foods that you can make naturally with low cost starter cultures.

• Buy meat very occasionally, Locally produced organic, grass fed, free range etc.

• Learn to produce some of your own food (sprouts, microgreens, herbs, some veggies and you can do this right in your kitchen and on your front porch).

• Stock up on legumes, nuts, seeds and grains (They pack a nutritional punch for their size).

• Drink only pure filtered water or spring water.   

• Work in community with neighbors to produce some of your own food.

• Establish relationships with local farmers.

Join the food revolution! Avoid the global food supply system and, instead, eat and or grow your food locally!
Dave Evans, a self-described “independent free-thinker with libertarian leanings” who lives in Arden, once worked for the U.S. House of Representatives, as a contractor for the DoD (DISA and DLA) — and at NOAA HQ Silver Spring, Md., where he was a project manager.

 



 


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