Sunday, January 23, 2011

Food Storage Forecast 2011

The Food Storage Forecast for 2011 has good news and bad news. The bad news is inflation is in the forecast! Everyone is buzzing about sugar, corn, cereal, wheat, and other essentials going up in price. Bad weather is partly to blame. Other rising costs are also to blame as the manufacturer's are passing on the increasing prices of commodities. BBC reports, "Overall global food prices have risen by an average of more than 80% in the past 10 years, according to figures from the FAO released last year."

The good news is there are some great things happening at the USDA in the gardening world. I am going to have my Fall all planned out way in advanced, but this is another event to not miss if you live in the East. It is the Harvest Festival which is in Washington DC in October. It has some great activities. The USDA has done some amazing things with gardening over the last couple years. This festival takes place in "The People's Garden." Many people volunteer to plant, raise, and harvest produce. Then it is donated to food banks.

They donated 836 lbs. of fresh produce to help people in need. Nationally, USDA People’s Gardens have donated over 98,000 lbs of produce to local food banks and pantries across the county. They also teach workshops that teach people about gardening. I love this program. What a great way to feed people in need. Gardening is also a great way to keep food costs down. I am going to start planning my garden for this year very soon.

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