* I write this not meaning to sound disrespecting to the victims of the floods or the people who are currently facing them. I am writing this as my point of view, what is currently happening here, in my town. This is also what others will be facing and what can happen again in just a heartbeat…..
It is rather a sad site to see, so many people walking out of grocery stores, in recent days, with food and water piled high in their trolleys. So many it seems are being greedy and taking more than they need. Is that too harsh? I don’t know. But with the rain, came the floods, next the roads are all impassable – from all directions, we are isolated. Many roads are now non-existent, along with deliveries. Milk is no longer available, even powdered milk. Meat is also another item that is becoming hard to find. Next on the shortage list is fresh fruit and vegetables. Don’t even try to buy potatoes at the moment….
People are panicking. Stockpiling. There is an article here from todays Chronicle.
Me? I feel ‘slightly’ secure. We have eggs, more than we can eat. My garden is still – slowly pumping out beans, tomatoes, cucumbers, herbs, kale (if the chooks will leave it alone) snow peas and occasional strawberries. I have a lot of dried goods in the cupboard and a small stockpile of tinned food and long life goods. Also the freezer has a small supply of meat and bread. Yes I can say that I am prepared. There is an article in the paper about older generations that would have the ‘staples’ in their pantries, so this panic buying would not be the case. You can read it here. My mother-in-law lives week-to-week with food. Often her pantry is all but bare. I could not live like that, especially with 3 children to feed.
Meanwhile, now the rain has cleared for a few days, I am out to the garden to start the clean up and begin planting seeds….
Are you concerned about the food shortage that is too come in future months? And how will it impact your family? What are your plans to deal with this?