Monday, 12 May 2008

Feeding the World

Tonight on the ABC was a very interesting edition of Landline Extra. One story related to our ability to feed the world (click on the link to see transcript and view the video). The program was presented in the context of the growth in world population, the failure of crops in Australia due to drought and the increased use of grains for biofuel production.

They listed world population figures, which I have plotted up. As you can see, we still have a linearly increasing population growth, which is not predicted to slow down for another 20 years or so.

The program discussed how businesses and investors are starting to look to the rural sector as a potential cash cow. (It always worries me when big business gets involved in our food chain.) Also, in the past year, the price of corn has risen by 31%, rice has increased by 74%, soya beans are up 87% and wheat is now 130% more expensive than it was 12 months ago.

All this adds up to the need for us to take more personal responsibility for our food production. I think I'm starting to repeat myself - I'm sure I said this yesterday . . . So, I'll repeat myself again and say - go forth into your gardens and multiply! Put some seed or seedlings into the ground and start growing more of your own food. And while you're about it, teach your children how to grow food as well - their future may very well depend on it!

Don't mean to sound paranoid; I just think this is a very important issue. Who will feed us if we don't at least try to feed ourselves?

love and light


Anonymous said...

NW, couldn't agree more. I don't think you are sounding paranoid, just realistic....time is running short to organise our ability to be at least 70% self sustainable.


HerbWych said...

Well said you, I couldn't agree more! I'm linking your post to my own blog for a further rant! (Landline is a pretty awesome show sometimes huh? Bless the ABC)

naturewitch said...

Hi Herbwych

Welcome to my blog. Tried to link to yours, but it gave me an error. What's your blog address?

love and light

Hedgewitch said...


every little effort helps.. I can't grow enough veg in my little space to do without bought produce, but I'm learning and will be able to pass on the learning and enthusiasm, hopefully :-)

TheCrone said...

Scary stuff darlin'! too lighten the mood, I 've tagged a few people, you being one of them.