- There is a manufactured food crisis taking place across the globe where costs are rising and products hard to come by.
- Find local farmers and ranchers near you to buy food directly from them (resources at the bottom).
- Build a strong network of like-minded people where you can help each other get a variety of different products (food being an important aspect of this chain).
- Opt out. No one is going to save you, but yourself.
The Post-Covid World isn’t Going Quietly into the Dark
It seems like unfortunate events are ramping up 🤔 Food production facilities in key exporting countries around the world are systematically being destroyed.
Farmland is randomly going up in flames.
Below is a map from Ice Age Farmer, tracking food supply incidents around the world. Notice they’re happening in countries that are major exporters of their respective products and processing plants.
Covid restrictions and food production halts are making it increasingly difficult to source food. Additionally the concerted effort to promote and implement the Going-Green Initiative will hamper, if not completely stop, food production.
The Dutch are currently fighting this new enemy, and looks like other G7 countries are trying to initiate similar plans under the premise of reducing nitrogen levels.
Why Eating Locally Grown Food is Better for You and Your Bank Account
There’s nothing inherently wrong with buying food from supermarkets and stores. The problem is they tend to come from places rather far way.
So in order for the food to not spoil in transit, they are pumped full of problematic preservatives and chemicals.
The food you find at your local farmer’s market are fresher and in-season. They’ll not only taste good, but arguably hold a better nutrient profile to benefit your body.
The kind of food available at these markets tend to be fresh vegetables, fruits, and meat. All grown and raised near you.
Farmer’s markets aren’t just a place to get good food. More importantly, it’s where you’ll possibly meet good and like-minded people.
Make Strong Bonds with the Right People
There is such a strong sense of community when you’re able to speak face to face. Food market access is an important topic.
The Covid response brought an attempted destruction of human interaction that has ripple effects we’re already experiencing and yet to see the end. The directive to not “socially gather” has only strengthened the urge to go back to playing in the real world.
I’ve followed this outline as a way to help secure food access while also forging strong connections. Distributed knowledge makes us more efficient.
But bringing our global knowledge back to more local roots makes YOU stronger.
How to Find Your Local Market
You should start by searching online for local markets and farms near you. Your best bet is to speak with local farmers—whether in person or over the phone. The goal is to build a strong network of within your community.
No one goes hungry.
Here’s how you can ensure everyone you care about eats.
1. Connect with people at the local markets, use them as resources, they’ll have items you need now, or will need in the future. They tend to have other contacts that they can put you in touch with.
2. Realize that stepping outside away from your screens and interacting with others shows you the real power of humanity. It’s such a powerful feeling to be involved with a community of people that are trading resources and making each other better off.
3. Build a circular economy. The circular economy is much more robust than the current system you see being pressured from all sides.
As economic sectors get larger, they’re much easier targets for regulatory capture. The state has an easier time putting pressure on businesses rather than an individual who is nimble.
Being able to have peer-to-peer transactions also makes this almost impossible to enforce on a per person basis.
4. Build resiliency within your network. Avoid single points of failure. Find multiple local markets or vendors that have the food you need. If one vendor doesn’t have what you’re looking for, you’ll have other avenues to go to.
In terms of food shortages, it is beneficial to have local connections with people that you can lean on for more food options. If there are impending food shortages, you want to make sure you have as many options available when sh*t hits the fan.
5. Plan ahead, if you need to store meat for a certain amount of time, be sure you have adequate freezer space
6. Consider freezing or dehydrating meat, fruit, or veggies. Natural food preservation solutions give you more optionality in regards to food storage.
Here are additional resources to get you started. There are many more out there, but this is a great place to start.
- nitter.kavin.rocks/modernTman and a good blog post written by Slim texasslim.substack.com/p/the-american-food-desert#details
- heirloomseedkits.com – seed kits (not in the scope of this article but important if you can grow your own fruits, vegetables, and herbs)
- seedarmory.com – seed kits