Squirrel Soup?

A little while back, the World Bank found that global food prices have increased 83 percent in the last three years. And then recently, the economic shit stuff hit the fan.

Will rising costs and dwindling savings prompt a change in behavior? My first wish is for more wishes that the economy rebounds. Barring that, my second wish is that higher food prices and overall belt-tightening will force folks to make better use of the food they do buy.

photo by law_kevin (via Creative Commons)Of course, there are always more extreme measures. Should things get really bad, we might not eat so high on the hog, so to speak. Folks could turn to alternate sources of meat (squirrel, anyone?), as the British (and others) did during WWII.

Another idea is to eat a largely vegetarian diet, as the PB&J Campaign advises. You’ll not only save money, but reduce your greenhouse gas emissions.

If you do eat meat–and I do–try to be especially conscious not to waste it. In addition to being expensive and having a large carbon footprint, what’s on that plate didn’t die to end up in a landfill.

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