How to save money when world food prices are rising

Community Garden

Growing a small crop in a community garden can circumvent rising food prices for those willing to do the work. Image from Wikimedia Commons.

During the past few months, world food prices have been on the rise for a variety of reasons. Oil prices are part of the reason, as increased costs of shipping food means that producers and retailers have to charge more for it. However, there are always some ways to save money.

Variety of factors cause spike in food prices

For the past few months, many news agencies have covered a worldwide rise in food prices, which was said to have had a hand in the revolts in Tunisia and Egypt. There are multiple reasons; energy costs have been rising slowly and transportation costs make goods more expensive, according to Reuters.  Supplies of grain have also been contracting, according to CNN, which makes livestock that depends on grain more expensive as the price goes up. That also means that the price of bread and other grain products will increase as well. Increasing demand for ethanol fuel doesn’t ease that situation either. The cost of food is estimated by the Department of Agriculture to rise by at least 3 percent in 2011. However, none of this means that a person has to resort to borrowing payday loans just to fill their grocery list.

Make bread

Baking bread is a  tradition that is sadly becoming lost, and it is not a hard skill to acquire. Granted, freshly baked bread does not keep as long as the chemically enhanced loaves available at the grocer. However, the cost of flour and yeast is not high. Bread machines make the process easier and provide a means to bake at home in perpetuity, as long as supplies are on hand. Check out any number of recipe sites for recipes and tips for baking.

Community gardening

Community gardening is something that has become popular over the past few decades. Each community garden differs in its operation, but essentially a large plot of land has small lots available for rent or sale, where people can grow whatever they wish. Flowers are common, but vegetables that don’t require a large area or extensive maintenance are a good idea. Take a look at the American Community Gardening Association to see where the nearest one is.

Green thumb around the house

Go to any large hardware store, and chances are there should be plenty of seeds and pots for starting one’s own herb garden. A little potting soil and diligent watering can raise a complete supply of herbs. Startup costs may seem high, but having fresh chives or basil on hand is hard to beat. Hanging planters, which are very affordable, can be used to grow fresh tomatoes or peppers right off the front porch.




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