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Peak oil, I'd heard of, but I'd never run across the term "Peak Food."

Oh, I knew of it since so much of our food production capacity is oil-based, and that we'd see food-related supply and price issues as oil prices or supply impacted them, but the term is interesting to me.

BTW, the article is also interesting because it's about prepping for "peak food." Among the items listed are:

1. Create a Food Bank. This is personal preps, a personal food bank.

2. Produce Your Own Food. Survivalism!

3. Learn Food Preservation. Canning, pickling, dehydrating, vacuum sealing.

4. Store Seeds. Heirlooms.

5. Join a Food Co-op.


Long-time preppers or survivalists won't learn much if anything from the article, but it's interesting from the "Peak Food" perspective as well as to see why the advice is presented.
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the good thing about "peak" food is that with proper care, a person can take care of that themselves.
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My wife is going out to buy a bread maker, today, because she has a gluten alergy. I'm going to take full advantage of that by buying a couple hundred pounds of grains and a mill.

I'm also going to start canning for the first time this season. I'm getting all the jars & lids, pressure canner, and whatnot now. When the roadside produce trucks come this summer, I'm going to be a good customer.
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since 1903, 96% of our commercially available fruit and vegetable varieties are now gone. In Europe, since 1980 (31 years), 80% of their vegetable varieties have been lost.

I don't think people realize just how serious our situation is..... we have a very serious lack of diversity occuring in our food system, which means disease and pest problems will soon be wiping out large crops. If we don't have the varietal diversity to go back to, we're in trouble.

I don't have time to go into detail, but if we want a future for our children, we need to get back to seed saving and supporting small regional seed companies. Pick one variety that is somewhat rare that you enjoy eating, grow it yourself, and save the seed.
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http://www.activistpost.com/2011/01/...or-coming.html

Peak oil, I'd heard of, but I'd never run across the term "Peak Food."

Oh, I knew of it since so much of our food production capacity is oil-based, and that we'd see food-related supply and price issues as oil prices or supply impacted them, but the term is interesting to me.

BTW, the article is also interesting because it's about prepping for "peak food." Among the items listed are:

1. Create a Food Bank. This is personal preps, a personal food bank.

2. Produce Your Own Food. Survivalism!

3. Learn Food Preservation. Canning, pickling, dehydrating, vacuum sealing.

4. Store Seeds. Heirlooms.

5. Join a Food Co-op.


Long-time preppers or survivalists won't learn much if anything from the article, but it's interesting from the "Peak Food" perspective as well as to see why the advice is presented.
Interesting Read, thanks for posting that.
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since 1903, 96% of our commercially available fruit and vegetable varieties are now gone. In Europe, since 1980 (31 years), 80% of their vegetable varieties have been lost.

I don't think people realize just how serious our situation is..... we have a very serious lack of diversity occuring in our food system, which means disease and pest problems will soon be wiping out large crops. If we don't have the varietal diversity to go back to, we're in trouble.

I don't have time to go into detail, but if we want a future for our children, we need to get back to seed saving and supporting small regional seed companies. Pick one variety that is somewhat rare that you enjoy eating, grow it yourself, and save the seed.
That's something I didn't know ... Kind of scary when you really think about it.

The rest of it makes perfect sense ... Especially the idea of supporting small regional seed companies.
If we don't, they'll fall to the mass produced GMO stuff that is pumped at us in the name of pure profit.
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Not to discredit you or anything, but the "peaking" effect (with the nice predictable-ish bell curve) doesn't really occur with food as its something that is (pretty much) grown every year.

I still think the article is a valuable read though.
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In this state Farmer's Markets have began taking off.

I was a vendor in '07-08 and it was hard to get into a FM. We only had one FM that operated year-round, and nobody was interested in starting up new ones.

Right now we have four FMs that run year round, three towns are trying to startup new FMs, and are begging for vendors.

Our state's Organic organization has over 100 fulltime apprenticeship positions filled. With their program every apprentice that sticks with it, comes out a farmer on their own farm.

Eat local!

There are a lot of people who see the problem, and who are jumping in to fix the problem.

Yesterday I got a notice of a group holding an event in 2-weeks to get farmers, restaurants and grocery stores together to meet and network. Because we have so many new farmers that do not have these connections yet.
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That's something I didn't know ... Kind of scary when you really think about it.

The rest of it makes perfect sense ... Especially the idea of supporting small regional seed companies.
If we don't, they'll fall to the mass produced GMO stuff that is pumped at us in the name of pure profit.
I knew about it (not the exact numbers, but the fact that we used to have, for example, dozens of different types of corn, but now every farmer just goes down and gets "GM Corn model 1" and sticks it in the ground, and because you cant catch the seeds from these and re grow, the next year you have to go buy some more seeds.)

Its interesting, because my mother makes fun of my preps from time to time (she doesnt even know what I really have, just the stuff I have laying around in the kitchen lol..) but bring up either world population or GM seeds and its all "the sky is falling in" :P .

Just last week I ordered 14 packets of heirloom seeds.
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I knew about it (not the exact numbers, but the fact that we used to have, for example, dozens of different types of corn, but now every farmer just goes down and gets "GM Corn model 1" and sticks it in the ground, and because you cant catch the seeds from these and re grow, the next year you have to go buy some more seeds.)
Farmers choose from hundreds of hybrids created from hundreds of parent lines.

Farmers have not saved seed corn since hybrid seed became available in the 1930s.
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The only reason we still have a wheat industry worth anything is because the last time stem rust was starting to effect the wheat, we were able to search through thousands of varieties in our seed banks and found one that was resistant to stem rust.....one variety out of thousands. We've already lost many varieties since then. So next time we won't have as many to look through. And, next time is right now.
A new variety of stem rust is moving north with the wind in Africa right now. Only this time it's not just spreading through spores. It now hangs out on tree's and reproduces sexually, millions of times in 24 hours. Think of how many mutations it must go through. Even if we can find a wheat with resistence, how soon before it mutates and hits again? Not long I imagine.

And thanks to GMO corn....which pollinates by wind, we now are contaminating all the great corn varieties in the southwest and Mexico. Monorch butterfly's can carry pollen from the U.S. to isolated parts of Mexico.......see ya diversity. Multi-national petro chemical comapanies that own our seed/food supply are so so so so so reckless it is scary.

We've got real problems. Our latin coffee industry comes from one single tree. How is that for diversity....... crazy.

Sorry, I could go on and on about how insane it all is. I guess, we just do our best. support local.....but be sure you know where it really comes from. Monsanto, Syngenta, Dupont and the others own thousands of small seed companies.

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The only reason we still have a wheat industry worth anything is because the last time stem rust was starting to effect the wheat, we were able to
Incidentally, the black rust epidemic started in Africa and Asia among their 'tested and true' traditional varieties.

American crop scientists were able to identify resistant lines and create versions of those heritage varieties which resist the disease.
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