"Alarm Bells Ringing"
A bit strange really!
First of all, I've got no idea where this hub should fit on the 'Hubpages' site, or even if it should be there at all, but the other day I heard something on the news that really disturbed me, and I think, if it's true, then it should really disturb all of you as well.
No, it wasn't the prospect of war, though that's very real, and it wasn't that certain political figures are having a 'fallout', all that's 'old news' and while it's sad, it's just the way things are, this probably would have gone under most people's 'radar' but I guarantee it could affect every one of us living on this wonderful ball that we call Earth.
No it wasn't global warming going on at an alarming rate (though that is happening, and has some bearing on what I heard). Each of those is important, but something else was on my mind, and here it is, it's the possibility that in the future, even in the rich west we might face the possibility of food shortages!
Is it posslbe?
Where the heck am I coming from?
I think I need to explain a bit where I'm coming from, and see if you follow my train of thought!
Recently we had a general election, and while it wasn't as brutal as some, it was pretty forthright in that some pretty basic needs had to be addressed.
One of the biggest needs that came out was a major housing crisis, not enough houses being built, fueling skyrocketing prices and basically keeping the average person well and truly locked out of the housing market.
Just up the road from us is Auckland, New Zealand's biggest city, and with a population of just over one and a half million it's a pretty big place, actually, in it's 'Land mass' the only city on Earth bigger is Los Angeles, but here's the 'kicker' in Auckland the average three bedroom house will cost you about $1,000,000 (NZ) or about $700,000 US!
Knock on effect
As I said, we're 'just down the road' from Auckland, and while little Hamilton hasn't yet reached those dizzy heights, she's well on the way, with 'JAFA's' (Stands for Just Another 'Flipping' Aucklander, and they're proud of the nickname!) moving down in droves and pushing our house prices up.
Okay, this isn't meant to be a 'moaning' Hub, I'm trying to lay out some of the issues we're dealing with and some of the ways the new government are trying to deal with the situation.
One thing they did right from the start is to announce that in the next few years they'll plant a billion trees to help combat climate change, (A great idea, let's make at least forty percent of them fruit trees, so that we can feed more, and help people plant fruit trees where poor people can access the fruit, thus improving health all around) and they'll commit to building nearly half a million houses to make up for the shortfall we have at the moment.
Take a look at what's happening
Think about it for a moment
Actually, this is hard for me to write, why? Because it very nearly happened to us! Six years ago, we lost our house (and two rentals) in the housing crash, and almost ended up owing so much that we could very easily have ended up homeless, living out of a car!
I worked, and still work crazy hours, partly in the fear that I never want those days to come back, but there's something else going on that's got me worried, and don't worry, I've got a plan to do my 'bit' in trying to make sure it doesn't happen, who knows, maybe you'll join me with the 'plan'
See, one of the problems is that the government wants to 'build out' into the surrounding countryside! yes' they'll 'build up' too, but they'll go out, and that means we're going to lose good growing ground, ground that's traditionally provided the food on our tables!
Stop and think for a moment, the land that grows your food, could one day disappear to make room for a house for someone to live in!
Both are needed, but solving one problem creates another!
This is what's worrying me, and by rights, it probably should worry all of us!
Well, at the last count there are seven billion people on Earth, and the population is growing.
By the year 2050 it's estimated that the population could be at the point that the Earth can't supply the food we need! Something has to be done!
It's why Musk and Bezos want to head to Mars, not because they think it's cool! (They do) but because they see that we need to!
As for me, I can't head for Mars, but there's some things I can be doing, I can be learning how to make the best use of the space I have, and sharing what I'm doing with others.
By the way, before you get too complacent, last year we had two tropical storms hit within a week of each other, (climate change) and the wiped out 50% of our fresh veggies for six weeks! The crops I had in pots were unaffected, because they drained properly, but prices in the supermarkets skyrocketed!
That's been a bit of a 'galvanizing; thought for me, and this week I decided to resurrect a blog that I started about growing fruit and veggies in confined spaces, it's not much I admit, but who knows, maybe it's enough to keep us supplied in food, and maybe it'll help some others.
How about a visit for the launch?