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"Alarm Bells Ringing"

Updated on November 5, 2017
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Ever wanted to 'change the world'? I have, and I still do, but these hubs are about people who did just that and faced incredible odds.

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?

Good growing land disappearing? is that possible?
Good growing land disappearing? is that possible? | Source

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.

Growing population


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!

Why?

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?


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    • lawrence01 profile imageAUTHOR

      Lawrence Hebb 

      10 months ago from Hamilton, New Zealand

      Eric.

      I think I'd be right in saying that in most cultures the beating of the drums is the 'sending a message' and that's some of what us writers are about!

      I might be a little 'simplistic' with that, but for me, that's part of what it's about, sending a message into the wider community about the state of things, and how we can make them better for everyone!

      Blessings

      Lawrence

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      Lawrence Hebb 

      10 months ago from Hamilton, New Zealand

      Bill

      I think none of us really get 'ideal' circumstances, but as long as we have a plan, and the plan fits with what the Good Lord' has shown us in the past, then we've got a real chance of making a difference.

      For me, this is just a part of that plan, and the writing is part of me exploring that plan, to see where it leads.

      Blessings

      Lawrence

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      Lawrence Hebb 

      10 months ago from Hamilton, New Zealand

      Zulma

      That's a good way to put things, I'm not one who can just 'sit back' and do nothing, whenever these things come up I like to do something about it. The last few days challenged me to 'do something different!'

      Thanks for the visit

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      Eric Dierker 

      10 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      I always love going out into the Mesas and attending a Navajo ceremony. They start with the beating of the drums that goes on for hours and hours.

      You remind me of this here as your drum will beat and beat and keep beating no matter what is beating on you.

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      William Kovacic 

      10 months ago from Pleasant Gap, PA

      That's a hard dilemma to live with. I'm glad you have a plan to deal with it, my friend! I know the circumstances may not be the best, but I'm glad to see you here after again.

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      Zulma Burgos-Dudgeon 

      10 months ago from United Kingdom

      Good hub, Lawrence. It's definitely something to think about and act on.

    • lawrence01 profile imageAUTHOR

      Lawrence Hebb 

      10 months ago from Hamilton, New Zealand

      Linda

      When I was a kid we didn't have much land at home, but Dad had an 'allotment' where he grew veggies and the like, that's where I first learned how things grew.

      When I was in the Army I did a two day 'Survival' course that included things like catching and killing your own food, I remember the instructor (A 'no nonsense' Paratrooper Staff Sergeant) saying that for the average person, the only person they could run such a course would be 'in a supermarket!'

      Now, I think things have gotten worse, but also the land we use to produce our food is slowly being swallowed up by the 'Urban sprawl'

      We need to provide homes for people, but we also need to be careful what land we use, so that we're not taking away our vital resources that future generations are going to need!

      Thank you for the visit

    • lawrence01 profile imageAUTHOR

      Lawrence Hebb 

      10 months ago from Hamilton, New Zealand

      Bill

      I think some people are only concerned when the price goes up in the grocery store, I know that might sound harsh, but it's the reality!

      Reality is, all the good 'crop growing' land we use here is within thirty miles of the urban centres, and that's the land that's going to disappear under new 'urban development'

      Over here, some agricultural bodies are asking the government to step in and create a 'register' of all the agricultural land so they can track it and prevent those shortages.

      As for me, it's galvanized me to get back to growing my own veggies and the like.

      I did put a link here, but HP doesn't want it, so maybe I'll post some 'how to' articles instead.

      Thank you for the comment, and lets make that difference!

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      Linda Lum 

      10 months ago from Washington State, USA

      Lawrence, although I probably won't be here in 2050, I worry for the future generations. As you acknowledged this isn't an NZ issue or a USA issue--it's a global issue. We need to be smarter about how we use our land. Like air and water, it's a precious resource and there is a finite amount. Thank you for a well-presented article.

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      Bill Holland 

      10 months ago from Olympia, WA

      It's one reason why I work with the farmers markets in our area and I'm so passionate about supporting local farmers. We are losing farming land rapidly here in the States, and few people seem to be concerned about it. This is a very important issue, Lawrence, and I'm glad you wrote about it.

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