This is not about climate change per se. This is about what is happening right now that will affect whether or not you eat next winter. It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to see that we are in a heap of trouble and it’s going to land (or not land) in our stomachs.
Weird Weather: It’s mid-April and snow is in the forecast for places that usually don’t see snow after the first of March. It’s not expected to stick but this creates a problem. Plants don’t grow when it’s cold enough to snow.
Dependent on the Garden: I know a lot of people who depend on their gardens to provide the bulk of their food. Having grown up in that manner I can tell you some things that you need to know. First planting *usually* starts around the middle of March. Second planting is about now, when the danger of frost *should* be over. It isn’t. If it’s cold enough to snow, it’s cold enough to kill delicate plants.
California Drought: Farmers in California are fighting to get enough water so their trees will survive. They’ve given up on the idea that they will get enough for a harvest. Some farmers can’t even get that much water. Guess where a lot of our food grows?
Skyrocketing Prices: If you haven’t been to a grocery store in the last two months, you may be in for sticker shock in the meat department. Beef prices are almost out of the range of affordable. Hamburger at our local store sells for over $5/lb. Roasts and steaks are between $9 and $15. Every once in a while it goes down, but it’s becoming more rare.
What to do: As I said, this isn’t an argument for or against climate change. The above information is so that you, the consumer, can be prepared. Prices will go up. It will be harder to find things. People who had depended on gardens will now be forced to use store bought foods. This *is* a disaster in the making.
Stock up: Buy staples, either canned or dry goods. If you have a freezer, put it to work so that if prices do get out of hand you’ll have something to eat. Make sure that you store these foods properly. Use the “Last in first out” method of storage so that what you use is always the oldest, therefore making sure you don’t have outdated food.
If you live in a drought area, and California isn’t the only one, stock up on water. There will be water restrictions. At the moment we’re only talking lawns but that could change.
Treat this like you would any disaster. Make a plan, and make sure everyone in your family knows the plan. If you have elderly relatives, help to ensure they have enough stocked up. People on a fixed income or who are handicapped may not be able to do it for themselves. The time to act is now.