Feeding America

One of the problems in causing a transition to sustainable living is asking people to make a lifestyle commitment that’s simply different than their current one. While they might not rate their current lifestyle as “fantastic,” changing to an unknown feels risky. While an increasing number of people now believe that global warming is real, because they’re experiencing it, many climate deniers still exist. Similarly, while food shortages are projected, people may not address this issue until they actually experience it.… Keep reading

Waste Not Want Not

Here’s a current report about growing food shortages. It centers on China.  But as China is the world’s largest nation, it affects us all.  Food shortages are growing in many other regions, as well.  And these are not “future projections by experts”;  it’s happening now.

The personal danger for those who’ve always enjoyed an ample food supply is to assume “It’ll never happen here.”  We’re used to stocking up when some major storm is coming, assuming the supermarket will restock afterwards. … Keep reading

What’s a Derecho?

Here’s a term I didn’t know until this year. In fact, most Iowans had never heard of it either.  But this year, our “corn belt” quickly became our “cornless belt”!  It’s a storm that devastated one of our major crops.  And it’s evidently not an anomaly.  In history, it’s led to major mass migrations, so that civilizations could maintain their food supply.  With climate change, we now face conditions that give rise to more derechos.

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Extreme weather just devastated 10m acres in the midwest.

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Wild Bees

While most of the media focus on energy, the biggest concern in relation to our ability to sustain on Earth is food.  As most of us are urban dwellers, our connection to food is primarily via the grocery store, and we’re not intimately connected to farms and crops.  And as long as we see an abundance of food on the supermarket’s shelves, it’s difficult to envision dire shortages.

The problem is: if a shortage does occur, it’s “too late.”  We can’t simply hope a new shipment comes next week, as we do when a major storm hits our area. … Keep reading

Strained Food Supply Chain

News sources report events … usually daily events. When you see an increasing amount of reporting on a given topic, over time, it’s a sign of a major trend.  (The predictive process, developed by the OSS in WWII, is described in John Naisbitt’s book, Megatrends.)  While my blogs are intended to provide information about how to live sustainably, which is not especially time-sensitive, I am seeing an increase of reporting about foods.  Some related to food quality and safety, and some related simply to shortages and availability.… Keep reading