In the midst of the current economic crisis, news has been rampant on the financial difficulties that most families try to endure and survive from. Fears of unemployment have caused a great deal of stress among families. Monthly bills have to be paid, food must be purchased and house mortgage payments must be met. Fuel prices are fluctuating, prices of the basic commodities remain uncontrolled and the economic conditions do not show any positive changes. Among other fears are the news on global warming and climate changes aside from the earthquakes and manmade disasters happening in other parts of the world.
People need to survive and in order to keep on surviving; we need to make preparations to have a consistent source of food for the family. Backyards can be used profitably by planting vegetables and fruits. There are many kinds of vegetables that can easily be propagated to have a food source for the family during a food crisis. It can also be turned into a profitable business when the harvest is more than enough for the family’s needs. You can also start thinking about constructing a chicken coop for some eggs and chicken meat. If you have your own little farm in the backyard, you can save a lot in the grocery list and at the same time, you can also help other members of the family by sharing some of the produce.
As the poor economic conditions persist, over population is another growing concern. With no measures to control over population, most developing countries have issues on hunger, poverty and deprivation. It is very disappointing to look at the pictures of malnutrition in Africa. Since the greater majority is not wealthy enough to provide for the needs of this people to alleviate their hunger, we should always make it a point to donate even little amounts to charitable institutions. Our very own children must be taught the importance of food and how its scarcity will cause hunger and deprivation.
If the season or the lack of space in your area does not allow you to have your own vegetable garden, be sure that you always maintain an emergency food supply in the cupboards. During times of emergencies brought about by unforeseen calamities or disasters, it would be very difficult to avail of food supply from the groceries or wet markets. Food scarcity is always a common result of emergencies and as a preventive measure; there must always be available supply of non-perishable food in the home. Government support and assistance cannot always be relied on and children cannot survive hunger indefinitely.
With a hand to mouth existence, it would be quite difficult to buy food stocks in bulk. Add a little extra to the grocery list every time you go out shopping for the basic necessities. One or two pieces of canned foods will not be harsh on the budget. Always be prepared with some extra food because we never know when a disaster will strike our lives.