THE HUNKER DOWN COOKBOOK* FOR THE COMING RECESSION AND MAYBE FAMINE
*the three cookbooks are found at bottom of this article
PLAN NOW FOR TIGHT TIMES! Wall street fell in, Inflation hit, A tidal way of JOBLESSNESS hit, Salaries and jobs are going to Hell, the value of your home dropped by half, lending rates up and down like a seasick sailor in a storm, earthquakes everywhere, the world in a tumble over a NIAGARA FALLS of American Banker/Wall street/ Politician INEPTITUDE from a Draft Dodger, Shoe-dodger PRESIDENT...
Out there in the jungle, the ravenous, inflation beast is running amok, and bleeding corpses litter the jungle. The milling jobless are out there chasing down every job that exists and those that aren't doing that are mugging folks in the street as a JOB SEARCH seems to be more and more of a hopeless task. College graduates can't find jobs. Without an at home cottage industry with a product or service that folks WANT and will pay for, and the accompanying plush wallet, what are you going to be able to buy when food prices triple? What will you eat during the coming FAMINE? It's coming. Global warming combined with grain going for biofuels and livestock feed, your bread will triple in price soon. It already doubled. Pharaoh warned us about the 7 learn years. Well, chum, they're here!
Did you ever ponder....what does one eat in a worldwide FAMINE? Better stated, what don't we get to eat? Well, cinch your belts, you won't be able to afford grain, milk or meat unless you're rich. For middle class & poor folks, prices for these foods (which now are sky high) will soon be astronomical. Bread and rice just doubled in cost or didn't you notice? Meat doubled, too. Vegies have only soared 30% in price, all clues to what you will be able to eat and won't be able to eat.
If you notice that vegies and vegies alone can be afforded, then the famine should do all of our arteries a real favor. Welcome it. Surf the challenging wave elegantly, with a creative attitude. EAT CHEAP.
Discuss the "NEW DEAL" with your family. No more restaurant food or drink at any time. Carry your lunch box. A mini-ice box in the car loaded with lunch and snacks. No more leaving lights on, No more full bathtubs, only half or a third. No more dry cleaning. We wash it and we iron it. WHY? Because this event is real, serious, very serious. It's coming and experts know it. I found some articles online:
US has 20% rise in food prices
GRAIN & MILK have doubled in price, in AUSTRALIA & could shoot five times higher.
Inflation in food prices hits South Africa
CHINA has highest inflation in food prices ever
HERE IS ONE well written article and below it, THE SECRETS OF EATING WELL DURING A FAMINE.
Severe food shortages, price spikes threaten world population!
Worldwide food prices have risen sharply and supplies have dropped this
year, according to the latest food outlook of the United Nations Food
and Agriculture Organization. The agency warned December 17 that the
changes represent an “unforeseen and unprecedented” shift in the global
food system, threatening billions with hunger and decreased access to
The FAO’s food price index rose by 40 percent this year, on top of the
already high 9 percent increase the year before, and the poorest
countries spent 25 percent more this year on imported food. The prices
for staple crops, including wheat, rice, corn and soybeans, all rose
drastically in 2007, pushing up prices for grain-fed meat, eggs and
dairy products and spurring inflation throughout the consumer food
Driving these increases are a complex range of developments, including
rapid urbanization of populations and growing demand for food stuffs in
key developing countries such as China and India, speculation in the
commodities markets, increased diversion of feedstock crops into the
production of biofuels, and extreme weather conditions and other natural
disasters associated with climate change.
Because of the long-term and compounding nature of all of these factors,
the problems of rising prices and decreasing supplies in the food system
are not temporary or one-time occurrences, and cannot be understood as
cyclical fluctuations in supply and demand.
The world reserves of cereals are dwindling. In the past year, wheat
stores declined 11 percent. The FAO notes that this is the lowest level
since the UN began keeping records in 1980, while the US Department of
Agriculture (USDA) has reported that world wheat stocks may have fallen
to 47-year lows. By FAO figures, the falloff in wheat stores equals
about 12 weeks worth of global consumption.
The USDA has cautioned that wheat exporters in the US have already sold
more than 90 percent of what the department had expected to be exported
during the fiscal year ending June 2008. This has dire consequences for
the world’s poor, whose diets consist largely of cereal grains imported
from the United States and other major producers.
More than 850 million people around the world suffer from chronic hunger
and other associated miseries of extreme poverty. According to the FAO,
37 countries—20 in Africa, 9 in Asia, 6 in Latin America, and 2 in
Eastern Europe—currently face exceptional shortfalls in food production
Those most affected live in countries dependent on imports. The poorest
people, whose diets consist heavily of cereal grains, are most
vulnerable. Already the poor spend the majority of their income on
staple foods—up to 80 percent in some regions, according to the FAO.
Ever-rising prices will lead to a distinct deterioration in the diets of
these sections of the population.
The food crisis is intensifying social discontent and raising the
likelihood of social upheavals. The FAO notes that political unrest
“directly linked to food markets” has developed in Morocco, Uzbekistan,
Yemen, Guinea, Mauritania and Senegal. In the past year, cereal prices
have triggered riots in several other countries, including Mexico, where
tortilla prices were pushed up 60 percent. In Italy, the rising cost of
pasta prompted nationwide protests. Unrest in China has also been linked
to cooking oil shortages.
In addition to the cost of imports, war and civil strife, multiple years
of drought and other disasters, and the impact of HIV/AIDS have crippled
countries’ food supply mechanisms.
Iraq and Afghanistan both suffer severe shortfalls because of the US
invasion and ongoing occupation. North African countries are hard hit by
the soaring wheat prices because many staple foods require imported
Countries of the former Soviet Union are facing wheat shortages. People
there spend upwards of 70 percent of their incomes on food; the price of
bread in Kyrgyzstan has risen by 50 percent this year and the government
released emergency reserves of wheat in the poorest areas to temporarily
ease the crisis.
In Bangladesh, food prices have spiraled up 11 percent every month since
July; rice prices have risen by nearly 50 percent in the past year.
Central American countries saw a 50 percent increase in the price of
that region’s staple grain, corn. Several countries in South America
have also been impacted by the high international wheat prices,
compelling national governments to dispense with import taxes. The
government in Bolivia, for example, has dispatched the military to
operate industrial-scale bread bakeries.
All national governments are keenly aware of the possibility of civil
unrest in the event of severe food shortages or famine, and many have
taken minimal steps to ease the crisis in the short term, such as
reducing import tariffs and erecting export restrictions. On December
20, China did away with food export rebates in an effort to stave off
domestic shortfalls. Russia, Kazakhstan, and Argentina have also
implemented export controls.
But such policies cannot adequately cope with the crisis in the food
system because they do not address the causes, only the immediate
symptoms. Behind the inflation are the complex inter-linkages of global
markets and the fundamental incompatibility of the capitalist system
with the needs of billions of poor and working people.
The volatility of the financial markets, driven by speculation and
trading in equity and debt, intersects with the futures and options
markets that have a direct bearing on agricultural commodity markets. As
the housing market in the United States collapsed, compounding problems
in the credit market and threatening recession, speculation shifted to
the commodities markets, exacerbating inflation in basic goods and
materials. The international food market is particularly prone to
volatility because current prices are greatly influenced by speculation
over future commodity prices. This speculation can then trigger more
volatility, encouraging more speculation.
Future grain prices are a striking example of this disastrous cycle. On
December 17, speculation on wheat and rice for delivery in March 2008
forced prices to historic highs on the Chicago Board of Trade. Wheat
jumped to more than $10 a bushel on projections of worsening shortages
and inflation. This level is double the $5-a-bushel price of wheat at
the beginning of 2007.
Japan, the largest wheat importer in Asia, announced December 19 that it
may raise wheat prices by 30 percent. The same day, Indian government
officials warned of impending food security problems. These were due,
according to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, to “clouds on global
financial markets following the sub-prime lending crisis.”
Soybean and corn prices have also been pushed up to 34-year and 11-year
highs, respectively, on the projected shortages and demand for biofuel.
These new trading levels become the agricultural benchmarks for
subsequent trading, and, as the Financial Times put it December 17, have
the consequence of “raising inflationary pressure and constraining the
ability of central banks to mitigate economic slowdown.”
Higher fuel costs ultimately lead to higher food prices, via higher
shipping charges, particularly for nations that import a large
proportion of their staple foods. Shipping costs for bulk commodities
have increased by more than 80 percent in the past year and 57 percent
since June, according to the Baltic Exchange Dry Index.
The FAO report noted that the enormous increase in freight costs has had
the effect of dis-integrating the world market in certain regions
because many import-heavy countries have opted to purchase from closer
suppliers, resulting in “prices at regional or localized levels falling
out of line with world levels.”
The rising oil price not only affects the costs of transportation and
importation. It also has a direct impact on the costs of farm operation
in the working of agricultural and industrial processing machinery.
Moreover, fertilizer, which takes its key component, nitrogen, from
natural gas, is also spiking in price because of the impact of rising
oil prices on the demand and costs of other fuels. By the same token, as
oil prices rise, the demand for biofuel sources such as corn, sugarcane,
and soybeans also rises, resulting in more and more feedstock crops
being devoted to fuel and additives production.
In the US, the use of corn for ethanol production has doubled since
2003, and is projected by the FAO to increase from 55 million metric
tons to 110 million metric tons by 2016. The US government is more
ambitious. On December 19, President Bush signed a new energy bill into
law which contains a mandate for expanding domestic biofuel production
five-fold over the next 15 years, to more than 36 billion gallons a
year. Already a third of the US corn harvest is devoted to ethanol
production, surpassing the amount of corn bound for the world food
As more US cropland is devoted to ethanol-bound corn, other major
agricultural regions are struggling with weather disasters associated
with climate change. Australia and the Ukraine, both significant
exporters of wheat, have suffered extreme weather that damaged crops. A
prolonged drought in southern Australia has curtailed farming to such a
degree that many farmers have sold their land.
Current research suggests that as temperatures rise over the next fifty
years by 1 to 2 degrees Celsius, poor countries may lose 135 million
hectares (334 million acres) of arable land because of lost rainfall. In
new studies published earlier this month in the Proceedings of the
National Academy of Sciences, researchers have cautioned that this
estimate may be conservative, and that the impact of climate change on
food production has been over-simplified.
According to NASA/Goddard Institute of Space Studies researcher
Francesco Tubiello, complications of climate change on the world food
supply may be far worse than previously predicted: “The projections show
a smooth curve, but a smooth curve has never happened in history. Things
happen suddenly, and then you can’t respond to them.”
Tubiello’s research focuses on extreme weather events that have devastated
entire crops when they coincided with germination and
blossoming periods, as was the case with Italy’s corn crop in 2003.
Tubiello noted that corn yield in the Po valley growing region fell
to 36 percent following a heat wave that raised Italy’s temperatures 6
degrees over the long-term average.
In addition to the survival thresholds of plants, researchers have begun
studying the effects of higher temperatures on the physiology
and diseases of livestock, as well as the spread of pests, molds and
viruses native to tropical zones. Goddard Institute research has
suggested that bluetongue, a viral disease of cattle and sheep, will move
outward from the tropics into regions including southern
Australia. According to the Earth Institute at Columbia University, higher
temperatures will lead to higher infertility in livestock and
lower dairy yields.
The implications of these studies are that farming adaptations such as
hardier crops and shifts in planting times may initially mitigate
anticipated global warming. Yet over the coming decades, the stress of
climate change on the food supply will also intensify in abrupt
and catastrophic ways for which the capitalist system and its ruling elites
are entirely unprepared and which they are unable to prevent.
Remember, a wise man once said, 'and the poor shall inherit the earth.'
Sounds good to me!
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You read this far? Then the theme must interest you, in which case you owe it to yourself to get a reconditioned vita-mix to grind your own grains. And bake your own bread. MAKE YOUR OWN YOGURT. Learn to enjoy the serendipity of vegies in your garden or fridge for soup. These are easy things to do, so easy that you can throw together 3 loaves while you listen to radio in the kitchen, do dishes from scratch, no more DISHWASHER MACHINE, and make a big pot of soup for ten while you watch TV. You will be proud, thrilled and amused. And the results will fascinate your family! The thing you want to do is start practicing.
http://www.rawguru.com/vita-mix/ is the VITA-MIX 5000
The Vita-Mix Whole Grains Cookbook recommends grinding 1-3/4 cups of whole kernel wheat berries at a time, which is the amount it takes to make a loaf of bread. But bake three at a time, which means 5 cups of berries. Fifty two weeks a year you will make that recipe which is three loaves of bread. Roughly 250 cups of wheat a year and your family eats very well, has all its BVITAMINS! That's a bushel or two of wheat. If you bought the 250 loaves at 3$ a loaf, they'd cost you nearly 750$ But if you make it, what does a bushel of wheat cost now at a Feed&Grain store? You hear that a bushel costs what 3 lbs of butter costs. So it's very little.
A few bushels of wheat and nobody starves. This will help you to understand how ancient tribes could save maybe ten bushels of grain in an off the ground 'granary' --- have rats eat some of it, and still make it through an entire year with a family of five avoiding starvation. Ponder, how many loaves do you eat in a week? I find that every adult will consume a loaf of bread a week. Family of 5 would be 5 loaves maybe. Start counting the loaves you need to buy and start looking for a used, reconditioned vita-mix grain grinder..
To make a true BIBLE bread, start saving other grains and pulse in bags in the pantry or in a barrel with dry ice. Make friends with farmers, seed& grain suppliers to get a good price on barley, rice, rye. When you want to make a batch, usually 3 loaves at a time, you soak your lentils, rye, barley, wheat overnight, rinse, then drain, (Start collecting big collanders, strainers at garage sales), then grind THAT damp grain to a pulp. You will eventually decide by experience how dry to drain the wet grains before you grind it to mash. You might also learn how to make and use homemade yeast and conserve yeast for a week at a time between bread bakings.
Here's one good yeast recipe
Now, what do you like to eat with that fresh baked bread? I like TUNA and mayo, relish, mustard. So maybe I have to get a boat and be out on the ocean when the TUNA RUN which they do seasonally. I grow mustard by the ton, so I can make my own. Ditto relish (vinegar, cukes, sugar). So you need a fishing rod, maybe a boat and outboard motor if you like tuna. But if you love seafood, ordinary fish are available by wading out into the surf and casting into the seaweed, or standing on rocks and casting, (but be cautious of the waves. Even pro fishermen drown with big waves hitting rocks.) Then at low tide, mussels, clams are available. My kids and I could bring home ten lbs of clams a day from Malibu, some the size of a half cantaloupe
Your garden can grow every vegie that exists. Read the gardening boks of RUTH STOUT -- SHE IS DISCUSSED AT THE HOMESTEAD ORG... (her titles may be found used for a few bucks at ABEBOOKS) as she teaches the easy-no-till, simply mulch thickly method. (Start raking up all the late spring, summer and autumn leaves in your area or become a MULCHER VULTURE right now.) Be serious about mulch and compost as they are your food for the coming year.
Recognize the importance of growing foods that store well. Winter squash ferinstance. One of those babies can lie around the house for a year! Get a freezer for the shortlived stuff: broccoli, stringbeans, carrots. Learn to hunt for deer, gamebirds & freeze the meat in pound pckgs as a lb is about what a family eats in a night. In the depths of a true Depression you may even pick up road kill for the dogs and trap your property's squirrels and possums for pet food rather than buy meat for them. You sure won't want them varmints cleaning out your grapevines which they did to mine. Dogs don't eat grapes. Keep the dogs! Possums don't scare off burglars. If you have an acre, get goats for milk and cheese. They're very easy to care for, I hear. The one thing you won't be able to get easily in a famine is BUTTER unless you know a dairy farmer. Butter I would pay for, famine or not, inflation or not. What's BIBLE BREAD without BUTTER?So you will have to canvas nearby farms to find a dairy farmer. Not difficult. Trade your relish and mustard or something. YOUR JAM!
JAM making is easy. Fruit trees all over your city grow in alleys, the ripest yummiest peaches, nectarines, grapes, apples and in my state, oranges lemons, limes, guavas fall splatt in alleys and will be simmered with sugar 'til they become thick, rich marmalades or jams. Start saving old peanut butter jars now.
LAST, no food waste. I check dates on yogurt, bread, to get the one that was way in the back that the guy just put on the shelf today. The ones in front are newer. Read the expiration dates. Take your eyeglasses to the market. Loaves of bread ON THE SHELF have three dates I NOTE. Today's & one two days ago and the ones that will expire tomorrow and if I come to market at dawn, I can buy those half price and I often do! Be first in the market and find the girl who does mark downs. EZEKIEL BIBLE BREAD with sesame is $5 a loaf now. I pop it in the freezer so it's in suspended animation at that point on.
I buy Arab YOGURT, not American with gelatin. Read labels. I get the one with milk, not skimmed milk, but even among whole milk products there are differences, some have thickeners. WHAT FOR? Yogurt should thicken on its own, not with JELLO In it! THEN READ DATES as some of these fine yogurts have been there a week or two already; they are very nearly too sour to eat even though they didn't expire. I don't like my yogurt super sour. So I get the newer ones.
REFRIGERATION FACTOR- When you are in the store, note that the WARMEST yogurt, cheese is THAT which is on top and in front as it is exposed to air & is WARM. That sours the MILK PRODUCT and/ or ages it and can even POISON us in the case of mayo salads. I stupidly picked up the lb. chunk of cello wrapped jack cheese that was on TOP...Got home, make a quesadilla, YIPES! KRIKEY. It was sour! I had to return it next day. I got it IN THE FREEZER AREA of market, right? With cold wind blowing on it and all, but it was on top. The ones in back burrowed way inside under the other cheeses were not afflicted with the relatively warm MARKET AIR and were much purer and MUCH SWEETER! Luckily I'd kept receipt and live close to the market. Could have been a disaster as it was something my kids would not have eaten! They'd have thrown a five dollar piece of cheese in the trash!
Follow these guidelines and you'll be fine. NOW FOR THE FRUGAL COOKBOOK.
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