"We don’t have to panic about rising prices and a possible food shortage. With a little planning we can certainly be prepared." -Jim Healthy
Santa Fe, NM (Vocus/PRWEB) April 18, 2011
On March 28, the New York Times published an article poetically titled, “From Amber Waves to Ivory Bolls,” describing the trend in southern US agriculture away from food crops toward more profitable cotton.
The article tellingly revealed one farmer’s thoughts: “’There’s a lot more money to be made in cotton right now,’ said Ramon Vela, a farmer here in the Texas Panhandle, as he stood in a field where he grew wheat last year, its stubble now plowed under to make way for cotton.
"Around the first week of May, Mr. Vela, 37, will plant 1,100 acres of cotton, up from 210 acres a year ago. ‘The prices are the big thing,’ he said. ‘That’s the driving force.’”
But to Jim Healthy, Health Coach of the popular websites MyHealingKitchen.com and 30DayDiabetesCure.com, it’s clear this decision could have devastating effects on global hunger and world food prices.
“This immediate gratification of a maximum cotton payday may very well impact the world’s shrinking food supply, rising food prices, while increasing the toxic load of agricultural chemicals on the environment,” Healthy observes in his latest MyHealingKitchen.com feature, “Let Them Eat Cotton.”
“The last record-high for food prices was 2008. At that time, food riots exploded in more than a dozen developing countries when the cost of staples such as rice, corn and wheat spiked. There’s every reason to believe that 2011 will see even more violent protests.”
Currently, drought is threatening China’s wheat crop and heavy rains have damaged Australia’s harvest. Last year, lack of rain ruined Russia’s wheat yield.
But instead of planting more wheat to meet the growing demand (and record wheat prices), American farmers are choosing cotton profits over more sustaining food crops.
What can each of us do to protect ourselves from rising prices and food shortages that are predicted to spring from these circumstances? Health Coach Jim Healthy is advising…
1. Purchase extra quantities of dried beans and grains, canned goods, and other non-perishable items each time you shop in order to build your home’s backup supply.
2. Buy fewer convenience food items and learn to cook with lower-priced, more nutritious whole foods. (Free recipes available at MyHealingKitchen.com.)
3. Grow more of your own food – either in a small backyard garden or in containers on a balcony or windowsills.
4. Shift your reliance away from the supermarket as your primary food resource to your local farmers markets, direct-from-the-farm purchases, and Community-Supported Agriculture groups.
5. Take advantage of the delicious “pantry food” recipes (beans and other legumes) at MyHealingKitchen.com.
Read the complete version of Jim Healthy’s timely, incisive and illuminating feature, “Let Them Eat Cotton,” at MyHealingKitchen.com.
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