Forecasting Food Prices.

“Forecasting the Consumer Price Index for food has become increasingly important due to the changing structure of food and agricultural economies and the important signals the forecasts provide to farmers, processors, wholesalers, consumers, and policymakers” ~United States Department of Agriculture.

Many of the world have experienced food shortages at some point and we in the US are no different with the soup lines after the Great Depression of 1929. But this country was a lot younger then and there were fields to plow and farmers that would cultivate the land. But the farmers are dying off and there is no longer the next generation ready to step into the shoes of their ancestors, pick up the hoe or pitchfork and continue the toil, granted farming has come a long way with regard to machinery.

The regrettable outcome of this scenario has already caused food prices to rise in the restaurants and at the check out line. It is time to empower ourselves as a people and continue to shop and eat out (when desired) in not chain restaurants. Even the word ‘Chain’ is disturbing as it suggests being beholden and captive to a source we need to rely on. 

Living in Queens, NY clearly there is a wide array of places to shop for whatever food it is that I am buying, yet I always remain vigilant in locating local farmers markets and making the pilgrimage to spend my money with the producers. From the upstate dairy farms that peddle their wares of butter and cheese, other farms offering vegetables and fruits. 

Last week I purchased a bunch of carrots among many other farm fresh produce. The carrots had tall green tops that were not chopped off in the factories of Arthur Daniels Midland or Cargill. I stared at the tall green shrub and took close note of its fragrant small , sturdy root and deeply brilliant green color. I placed one atop my small barbecue with dying grey embers below and a farm fresh beet adjacent to it. Once I removed it, you could see the charring of the skin and the softening flesh which had a pliable crunch and a delightful taste. Would this be the outcome with the corporate bagged topless type of carrot? I do not think that would be the case at all. 

 

 

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About glenn van nostrand

Spent some years making my way around the cities and states, working, learning about new food ideas and planting and eating my share. The most pressing lesson I came away with, now that I am less nomadic, is that we all need to reject the corporate take over of our food, both dining out and shopping to bring home. No matter what size your living area, you can always grow something and enjoy the nurturing experiences of the growth to the nutritional value it gives from the table.. View all posts by glenn van nostrand

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