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Originally posted by AlreadyGone
42%of the corn crop went to ethanol which is about 2% of the fuel supply...think about that. 42% of what we used to eat went to 2% of the fuel supply. Look at the impact. Corn is used for or used in almost everything...I have a small farm and the cost of corn 18 months ago was 6.00 a 50lb bag...it recently was almost 12.00 a bag.
This in turn drives up feed costs and the costs of animal/meat production. that is why chicken, pork, and beef have all sky rocketed.
Wheat demands overseas have gone up as the chinese, Indian, and Russian markets grow and mix that with droughts around the world and you now know why macarroni is no longer 2 16oz boxes for a dollar, but on sale 2 boxes for 2 dollars.
In fact, anything with corn or wheat...which is all of your snack foods, convenience foods, pastas, meats, frozen foods, etc have jumped.
Now, throw in a dollar that is in free fall from over printing with nothing to back it up, and a race for commodities to offset a weak dollar... corn, wheat, oil, steel, etc...
And you have major inflation. I don't see how the US govt. can measure inflation and not include food prices...amazing.
I suggest all of us switch to eadible landscapes...flower beds are now small gardens, herb gardens, potato patches, etc. Also you can raise a few chickens in small pens or "chicken tractors" with no rooster...you get plenty of eggs and no complaints... no 430am wakeup calls.
Also, cook... cut the convenience foods, frozen foods, insta-foods. learn to cook. Talk to grand ma or an older aunt or uncle... learn how they did it.
Learn how to get multiple meals out of one chicken...broth, boney pieces for soup, white meat pieces as a course, and dark pieces for chicken salad...
Learn to preserve and can and freeze left overs, surplus from the garden,...use a lot of fillers...beans, potatoes, rice, flour gravy.... ever hear an old timer say..."We were poor. One night we would have beans and taters... the next night we would have taters and beans."
I remember as a child going to my grand parent's farm...For Sunday dinner we had a table full of food, but there were only about 5 items on the table:
Butterbeans and corn mixed together, corn on the cob, mashed potatoes, steamed cabbage, slaw... made from cabbage. sliced tomatoes. soup made with tomatoes, corn, butterbeans, cabbage,potatoes, and chicken broth, fried chicken or BBQ chicken or chicken and dumplings...made from chicken broth and flour, bisquits or corn bread... see how that works?
Plus, look at where you live and what people grow and used to grow, can you have a garden all year? And when you see a special on staples...coffee, sugar, flour, corn meal, dried beans...load up. Sometimes that is all we buy. My wife used to luagh at us coming home with sacks of beans and flour and sugar...said we were like the waltons...she isn't laughing anymore.
Originally posted by brilab45
Another interesting comment I need to make is that.....women replied to this post almost in whole. Why is that? A very interesting dynamic.
Men have to buy food as well.