While gardening has been a popular hobby over the past several years, it is becoming more of a necessity.
Food prices for all types of food-fruits, vegetables, meat and grains-are rising much faster than consumer's abilities to pay.
Rising energy costs are triggering a spike in synthetic fertilizer costs (which take massive amounts of energy to produce).
Farmers in both poor and wealthy, highly industrialized nations are having difficulty purchasing what they need to produce crops.
For some farmers, that means more loans from the bank and higher food prices passed along to the consumer.
In poor, underdeveloped countries, the lack of available farming necessities means one thing: famine.
While the food crisis may not have hit full strength the area where you live, now is the time to plant a garden and begin growing your own food.
By the time prices rise to the point at which you can no longer afford certain foods, it could be too late.
In order to prepare your family pantry for food shortages and the eventuality of high prices for fresh produce, plant a garden with nutrient-dense, superfoods.
Foods that are naturally nutrient-dense and high in anti-oxidants are called superfoods.
Many of the superfoods are easy to grow in the home garden.
The nutrients, vitamins and minerals they provide can help you stay healthy and disease-free.
Growing and preserving your own, whenever possible, means that if a food shortage hits your community, you and your family will still have access to nutrient-rich, necessary foods.
The top superfoods are: * Beans * Blueberries * Broccoli * Oats * Oranges * Pumpkin * Salmon * Soy * Spinach * Tea (green or black) * Tomatoes * Turkey * Walnuts * Yogurt Several of these foods are easy to grow and preserve yourself including: beans, blueberries, broccoli, pumpkins, soy, spinach and tomatoes.
Using natural fertilizers, such as seaweed and fish-based fertilizers can increase nutritional value of foods grown at home.
Turkey and salmon are easily and affordable and available in the grocery store now, and can be preserved against future potential shortages.
To properly can and preserve foods for future use, be certain to consult a reputable resource for learning to preserve foods.