Tag Archives: climate

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    A Punch to the Mouth: Food Price Volatility Hits the World

    by Gregor Macdonald

    Tuesday, January 3, 2012, 5:48 PM

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    Perfect Storms

    2011 was an abysmal year for the global insurance industry, which had to cover yet another enormous increase in damages from natural disasters. Unknown to most casual observers is the fact that during the past few decades the frequency of weather-related disasters (floods, fires, storms) has been growing at a much faster pace than geological disasters (such as earthquakes). This spread between the two types of insurable losses has moved so strongly that it prompted Munich Re to note in a late 2010 letter that weather-related disasters due to wind have doubled and flooding events have tripled in frequency since 1980. The world now has to contend with a much higher degree of risk from weather and climate volatility, and this has broad-reaching implications.

    And critically, it has a particular impact on food.

    Many factors seen over the past decade have produced higher food prices: population growth, urbanization, the decline of arable land per person, and the upgrading of diets for example. But more damaging than food inflation has been the pushing of global food prices out of their long, quiet envelope of stability. From the recently released UN Report on the World Food Situation:

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    Daily Digest 2/5 – Jim Rickards On Inflation And Currency Wars, More Unemployed Stop Looking, Record Food Prices

    by DailyDigest

    Saturday, February 5, 2011, 3:44 PM

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    • Interview: Jim Rickards On Inflation And Currency Wars
    • Foreclosed Homeowners Go To Court On Their Own
    • Unemployment Rate Dips to 9% as More Quit Looking
    • Peak Oil And A Changing Climate
    • The Peak Oil Chronicles, Part 1: When The Giants Run Dry
    • Food Prices Worldwide Hit Record Levels, Fueled by Uncertainty, U.N. Says
    • A Food Manifesto For The Future

    Our ‘What Should I Do?’ guide has steps to cook, see & stay warm in times of power outage

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    Extending the Harvest in Your Home Garden

    by Tom Page

    Tuesday, January 25, 2011, 11:05 PM

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    One way to improve resiliency as well as quality of life is to grow your own vegetables locally. However, gardeners in northern climates are especially challenged by limited growing seasons. In this brief article I will show examples of how to easily extend and preserve the harvest and have fun doing it.

    Why Extend Your Harvest?

    Presently we can drive to the supermarket to get nearly anything we want even in winter. The fresh fruits and vegetables we see have often been grown thousands of miles away in a tropical climate and flown in using a lot of energy may not be so cheap or plentiful in the future. As well as potentially reducing dependence on energy, extending the harvest of your own foods has advantages including:

    • Less work and simpler than preserving by canning or freezing
    • Fresher, higher quality than canned
    • Less expensive than supermarket
    • Increased resiliency with the option to of a local food source
    • Controlling your own food sources is more pleasurable and rewarding

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