Tag Archives: food security

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    The Call of the Tribe

    A critical gathering of the Peak Prosperity Tribe at Polyface Farms
    by Jeanne

    Tuesday, June 1, 2021, 4:20 PM


    *Additional note on ticketing (June 1, 2021):  Registration will be checked by roster at the event. Tickets will not be issued, but you may choose to save or print your confirmation email as a backup.* Not meaning to diminish Jack London’s immortal classic, The Call of the Wild, but a Call of the Tribe is…

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  • Daily Prep

    A Glimpse Into Food Rights

    4 questions raised by the Amish raw milk trial
    by Jason

    Monday, May 20, 2013, 5:54 PM


    The trial of Vernon Hershberger, an Amish dairy farmer begins today.  He is on trial for selling raw milk to his private milk club members. Take note that the outcome of this trial will have far-reaching implications for many of us and those who seek alternatives in what we eat and who we get our…

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    Making Potting Mix

    by Jason

    Monday, April 16, 2012, 5:17 PM


    With spring upon us and the warming of the earth, many readers are getting the urge and itch to get outside and start planting a garden. Whether your garden is large enough to feed a community or just big enough to supplement your everyday fresh greens addiction, at some point you will need a supply of potting soil. From container herb gardens to the square-foot garden method, potting soil will need to be on hand. High-quality potting soil is an essential component to a successful garden season because it provides the foundational medium in which your plants will start and continue to grow in. In this article I discuss the process and recipe that I have used for many years for making great potting soil.  I hope to provide you with ideas on how to make the best mix for your garden and ways to save money in the future. 

    The Recipe

    The following is an excellent general seed starting mix and transplant mix.  For plants that might require a lighter mix, use a 2-1-1 ratio of the following ingredients.

    Mix the following ingredients together in a sealable bag or container to maintain moisture if potting mix is to be stored for any length of time.

    • 3 parts Peat Moss
    • 1 part Compost (can be a combo of compost and worm castings if you have a worm bin available)
    • 1 part Perlite

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    Daily Digest 12/4 – EU Debt Not Concern for U.S. Banks, Threat to Global Food Security, Green Roofs Sprouting

    by DailyDigest

    Saturday, December 4, 2010, 4:00 PM

    • Sovereign Debt: In a Monstrous Grasp
    • Angela Merkel Warned that Germany could Abandon the Euro
    • Europe’s Debt Woes Not a Top Concern for U.S. Banks
    • Economy Adds a Disappointing 39,000 Jobs in November
    • Wall Street Owes its Survival to the Fed
    • New Threat to Global Food Security as Phosphate Supplies Become Increasingly Scarce
    • Green Roofs are Starting to Sprout in American Cities

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    Investing in the Future with SlowMoney

    by Chris Martenson

    Monday, May 24, 2010, 7:16 PM


    I have been slow to throw my hat into the ring with organizations dedicated to bringing intelligent responses to our predicament. The reason is that I have a list of requirements that have to be met:

    • The proposed actions have to address the real challenges that we face.
    • The organization has to be strictly non-partisan and neutral or silent on a wide range of belief-centered positions.

    I know that doesn’t seem like a very long list of requirements, but it turns out that it eliminates an enormous number of organizations and individuals from consideration as affiliate partners.

    On the first requirement, there are a lot of efforts out there that are either in denial about the actual predicament in which we find ourselves or are approaching solutions in a socially-cautious, status-quo fashion.  Their incremental efforts run a very high risk of being in the category of ‘too little, too late,‘ and are therefore largely ineffective, even if energetic and well-meaning.  Even if I am glad they exist and wish them well, I simply have a hard time getting excited by efforts that, in my opinion, are badly overmatched by the pace and scope of the changes that are coming.

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    Martenson Report Ready – Food Outlook 2009

    by Chris Martenson

    Monday, May 25, 2009, 3:20 PM


    Hello and Happy Memorial Day!

    There’s a new Martenson Report ready for enrolled members.  It can be accessed by clicking the title below, or going to the Martenson Report page.  As always, it has already been sent as a newsletter so you should also find it in your inbox.

    Here’s a snippet:

    Food Outlook 2009 – Understanding the Risks

    Executive Summary

    • Global grain stocks at lowest levels in over four decades
    • Shockingly low fertilizer sales suggest possibility of a disappointing yield
    • Food supply and demand are tightly balanced
    • Food distribution networks are cost-efficient but not terribly robust
    • Ways you can increase your food security


    Food is something that many of us take for granted, but it is important to recognize that this luxury is a recent development in human history. It is time to give more thought to this critical staple in our lives.

    In March of 2008, food commodity prices hit an all-time high. This coincided with a world-wide food crisis, food riots, and even a few instances of national rice hoarding. Many believe that this was triggered by economic conditions (e.g. a flood of cheap money), not a fundamental or structural shortfall in food production. But I hold the view that both were at fault.

    Food demand has grown steadily over the years, as has food supply. However, in recent years the excess margin of supply over demand has tightened and even gone negative several times. Reserve stocks are incredibly tight, resting at levels not seen since the early 1970’s. 

    It is easily conceivable that food deliveries could be disrupted within any country, leading to rapid onset of local food shortages. This report will apprise you of several of the challenges that currently exist regarding world food supplies and the possibility that these challenges could lead to a structural shortfall in global food supplies in 2009 or 2010. It also contains specific actions that could greatly enhance your own food security.

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