However I've been a bit taken back by the whole seriousness they have been expressing on our supposed food shortage. I never really thought too much about it till now. We all know I think that farmers are raising more corn for ethanol for us and other countries which in turn is going to create a ripple effect on everything else. Farmers see more dollar signs right now with corn per bushel than wheat. Corn is not only used is thousands of food products and gas, it's also used in all animal feed. I can tell you that in the last month a bag of sweet feed jumped $1.50 in my town and I only have 1 horse to feed. Imagine farmers with herds of pigs and cows. Yikes.
Have you thought about this at all? Maybe it's just because I have some knowledge of farming but here's some of the problems which I see as really scary.
- Less corn for sweet feed, prices will sharply rise on chicken, eggs, beef and dairy because it's going to cost a fortune to feed them.
- Same thing, but hay. Now we've already had hay problems during the winter due to droughts but less hay means more money for what's available. We buy hay for $3.50 a bale, during a shortage though it can rise to $6-7 a bale. Rounds are normally $35 but can rise to$70 towards the en of winter. Again more money on chicken, eggs, beef and dairy.
- More corn grown for gas, less wheat. Imagine that one. Now there's your food shortage right there. There goes the rise of bread products, any food with gluten in it really.
So what are you doing? Anything? Here's a few of the things we are going to do. First. Be Conservative. If prices are going up of everything, I'll do my best to keep other prices down, cut corners where I can. Since my clothes line broke, I'm buying a new one to hang all the clothes again this summer. We have a few starts but will be planting a garden again this summer like we always do. I would love love love for Dave to let me get into chickens but we can't agree on this. I want to raise organic chicken for eggs and then take them to in to be processed when need be. I plan on buying a half a cow and filling the freezer sooner than later because I could never butcher my own pet cow. lol If I leave the house, I usually do several things in one trip anyways but I will try to make trips more efficient by listing everything on my dry erase board so I can see it then do it all when I'm out. We are going to be sinking as much as we can into savings "just in case." We will not buy anything unless we have the money for it (no credit cards), well except the van but it's only going to cost about $10K when all is said and done.
Does my plan seem extreme or am I just adding to the panic? lol I sure hope Schwans doesn't add a bigger fuel surcharge when I order. It's already $1.