Innovation & Sustainability Kelly Kokaisel Sp10
The term peak food refers to a time when food yieldswill be unable to supply the demand for the globe andprices theoretically sky rocket to unimaginableheights. The world is now eating more food thanfarmers grow, pushing global grain stocks to theirlowest level in 30 years. Exponentially risingpopulations, climate change, water shortages, andgrowing costs of fossil fuels including petroleumbased fertilizers will lead to a global food crisis in thenear future. Compounding this problem is the factthat there is little arable land left on our planet forfarming. --Wikipedia
How can you, just one person, help with such an overwhelming situation? Reconsider your simple, everyday choices. Little things add up quickly. All the little choices you make daily can add up to big things quickly as well. 2 simple strategies that can help avoid, or at the very least delay, the peak food crisis are: Avoid purchasing food that uses packaging, aka buy bulk. Create your own personal food supply system, aka urban farming.
Buying bulk food means that unnecessaryand wasteful packaging is eliminated,therefore freeing up space on our planetthat would otherwise be filled with garbage(much of which is packaging). Manyuseful, reusable, transportation vesselshave been created for bulk foods and allowyou to carry your food home on foot or bybicycle.
Then when you get your food home, store it in reusable glass jars. Think about all the bags and packaging waste you would save over 1 year. Next grocery visit, throw all the packaging into a pile and see how much product you are paying for versus packaging. Nature doesn’t use packaging full of marketing and product information. Why not?Small labels can be used for Because a good food is a whole food,product information, much less and you don’t need a brand messagewaste than an entire package. to tell you how good an apple is, you just know. It doesn’t need an ingredient list because it is only and simply, an apple.
If more people grew some oftheir own food, we wouldn’thave to rely so heavily onothers to supply our food forus. Simple closed-loopsystems such as one likemine here using raincollection, biochar fertilizer,and compost can be used togrow your own food withouthaving to purchasefertilizers, soil, or turn on thetap to water. This alsoreduces energy wasted bytraveling for your food.
These easy adjustments in everyday choices can help you not only save money, time, and waste, but if many of us make these simple changes we can help tackle the giant issue of the peak food crisis.Keep it local. Keep it logical. Keep it low tech.