Not much to report really, we headed down to the plot late afternoon and Val went around the beans. That resulted in cries of “another carrier bag please” as her eyes are more powerful than my specs when it comes to bean spotting.
I went around the greenhouses sideshooting the tomatoes and fighting the giant cucumber as I picked. That resulted in about half a dozen more cucumbers and another carrier bag of tomatoes.
Oops, nearly forgot the peppers. Considering these were grown from plants I bought, varieties unknown, they’ve not done badly at all. No chilli peppers this year, but that’s OK as we’ve enough dried peppers from last year to see us through to next!
Anyway, the upstairs freezer needs a defrost and sort out, at which point we’ll see how many years supply of everything we’ve got.
As we settled down to dinner, Val made a Chinese type of dish with fresh peppers, onion and chicken amongst other things, I watched Future of Food on BBC 2. Now I do find it ironic as the reporter flies from continent to continent to discuss the effects of climate change amongst other things.
One trick method the media use is to decide what the ‘investigation’ is going to prove and then show you the evidence to back it up. Cynical? Moi? That’s why I tend to take what they say with a pinch of salt. That said, some of his report was pretty scary.
The global population is rising and by 2020 will probably be 8 billion some 30% increase on 2,000 and at the same time the developing countries are eating more meat as they can afford it. The problem with that is that meat requires far more land and water per gram of protein than say beans.
The other big storm on the horizon is oil. Now I don’t believe oil will suddenly run out, but the price of oil will begin to increase as extracting reserves becomes more expensive. Now the type of agriculture we have in the west is very energy intensive. Tractors, combine harvesters and so forth are only part of it. Fertilisers and pesticides manufacturing processes are heavy energy and oil users.
Finally and even worse, we have our distribution system. Food is grown in one place, shipped off to a central depot, shipped back and finally we drive to a shop to buy it. That’s without flying in beans from Kenya and strawberries from Israel.
It seems the days of cheap food may be coming to an end, and sooner than we might think. I’ll be 61 in 2020, all being well. Hopefully, even if all these dire predictions come true, we’ll be able to produce a lot of our own food.
Having said that, with our Chinese meal we had rice. Joking about British summers aside, we are not a rice growing country. I wonder how it would have tasted with potatoes?