Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Food Prices

Every morning while getting ready for work we watch the news. This morning wasn't any different. As we were about to turn the TV off a story came on about food prices. Just last month the cost of food soared 3.9% which is the highest gain since 1974. What's even crazier is this is due to the cost of vegetables going up almost 50%. Economists say it's just temporary because of the freezes in the southern states. Regardless it still effects people, especially those that need access to healthy foods the most - the poor. This increase makes healthy foods even more unattainable. It's sad that a person can afford soda for their family but not apples. It's really clear that our government would rather see people unhealthy by subsidizing and making affordable only the least healthy of foods.

This is why I think it's important for people to do what they can to grow food. Even if it's just one tomato plant on a balcony. Take control over your food before it gets too expensive that you can't afford it anymore.


  1. Hear, Hear,
    I grow my own and have done so for many years. And I grow in containers as it is easier for me to do so with spine disabilities.
    The issue is: If people only grow just a few things, they can, but most do not want to as they are, lazy, stoned, or don't care either way. I have people who want what I grow so bad its ridiculous, but when I ask that they help me in some way to water, weed, or culivate, they say no, as they don't want to work THAT hard, so I in turn do not share. It goes both ways.

  2. I bought a few groceries today, cost 70.00. Didn't get very much. Blessings jane

  3. Here a plant, there a plant.
    A dollar saved is a dollar earned.
    A homegrown tomato fresh off the vine is pure heaven.

  4. I'm now trying to amp-up our plans for a greenhouse for the next winter. I'm so tired of being dependant on others during the bad months for my veg.

  5. I agree. Anything we can do. Now that I'm nearing the end of the 100 Mile Challenge, I realize how much more food I need to preserve to get us through the winter, which is perfect timing as I survey my box o' seeds and plan out the garden.

  6. Hubby just started some heirloom tomato seeds's hoping they ALL germinate. you're so right about the subsidies...corn, corn, corn! at least I've never heard of a subsidy for an apple.