And, global warming is playing it's role in Australia (and all over) with the worst draught in history, causing wheat prices to skyrocket throughout Asia.
We hate to be redundant, but Industrial Hemp can solve almost all of the above issues straight away http://naihc.org/. If cultivated aggressively in developing nations and the U.S., we could see a real relief in food prices beginning in a matter of months, with healing reverberations around the globe for decades to come.
Also, increasing vegetarian and vegan diets globally will help a lot and quickly, as will ending our dependence on fossil fuels!
A few tips for saving money right now at the grocery store:
1) It's spring! Visit your local CSA (community supported agriculture) http://www.localharvest.org/csa/ farm and sign your family and friends up to receive boxes of seasonal produce right now!
2) When you go to the grocery store, make sure to shop where they have organic, sustainable and locally produced bulk sections - buying in bulk and storing grains, beans, cereals, rice, pasta and nuts in glass jars will extend your food dollar quite a ways.
3) After preparing a lovely recipe together with friends and family, make sure to scrape every last bit of delicious food from your pots and pans onto your plates. So often we think that those extra few rice grains, or beans, or bits of tomato sauce are better off going into the garbage or disposal, when in truth if you add up all the few extra spoon fulls of goodies here and there, you'll begin to realize how much food we really waste each and every day (not to mention that most of the flavor in our food comes from those last few morsels at the bottom and side of our pots and pans).
4) Save your scraps for soup stocks, stews and reductions. Why should the compost pile get more protein than your kids?
More energy and money saving food tips to come, so please stay tuned!
Peace, Love and Organics!
Your friends at Hippy Gourmethttp://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/24127314
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