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How can we protect ourselves from the coming Food Price crisis?

A new Food price crisis is feared as erratic weather wreaks havoc on crops in the USA and around the world. Here are some ways we can protect ourselves from price hikes.

Experts are already predicting a large rise in food prices as rain in this country has caused fungal disease in wheat crops, and in America, drought has reduced Corn yields leading to a sharp rise in all grain prices.

These rises will soon increase the price of bread and cereals and then meat, as the grain to feed animals rises.

I think it is extremely irresponsible of governments around the world not to stockpile grain for times like these. Grain stocks will be at the lowest since 2007 with only enough for 72 days consumption.

So after you have told your local MP to store more grain, here are some ideas on how we can protect ourselves from global price increases.

Walsingham Farm Shop

1. Buy local seasonal food
You need to avoid buying any food that will be affected by global commodity prices. Unfortunately any animals fed grain (chickens, pigs, some cattle, some sheep) will also see prices rise. So find meat from animals fed on grass, which will have more flavour and have a great deal less dangerous fats. For more on the dangers of grain fed beef click here.

Other products like potatoes and seasonal veg should be the same as usual, so significant savings can be made.

2. Make your own bread
Bread prices will rise as the cost of wheat rises. The price of a loaf however will rise my much more than the flour ingredient. You will also be able to avoid all the additives in bread. For more on Real Bread click here.

Or to buy flour in our MarketPlace here

No Cows, No countryside

3. Eat less meat or cheaper cuts
To buy grass fed meat and cover the extra costs of food you may not be able to do without, like pasta, cut down on the amount of meat you buy, or get cheaper cuts. A grass fed, well hung, topside of beef from your local farmer or butcher will be cheaper and much better than a supermarket sirloin joint, that was mooing in an intensive stock shed the day before. To find you local meat producer or butcher type you post code in to our local food map

4. Grow your own
This is really cheap food and a possible earner when you sell your excess via our Crop for the Shop scheme.

5. Buy in bulk
Buying in bulk will often mean a wholesale price 50% of retail. Why not get some friends organised and share your bulk purchases.

6. Cook
Anyone who can read, or even watch a video, can cook. ‘Cook’ means converting cheap, fresh, local, season, healthy, ingredients in to great meals. I made 10 times the quantity of vegetable soup for the same price as one can of soup yesterday. And ended up with a healthier meal.

Ready meals in the supermarket might look cheap but are NOT. For a video recipe see our KIS (Keep it Simple) Cookery video section. Or perhaps, be discovered, and become the next famous chef by adding your own video!

If you have any thoughts or ideas to add to this list please comment below.

How crazy is tinned soup?

When we are running out of oil and resources like tin, and short of money how crazy is tinned soup?

Soup has to be one of the cheapest, and easiest meals, yes meal, to make. And really nutritious, yet whole aisles are set aside for tinned soup.

Yes, we are busy and have a sub conscious comfort zone for certain varieties of tinned soup. But look at the price next time, and the list of ingredients.

Some are saltier than sea water.

Soup, Lizplummer.com

A big saucepan of soup can feed a family and the remains put in the fridge for another day. You can even hide the ‘leftover’ by adding some new ingredients as you heat it up.

If you are a confident chef just get stuck in, and boil some chopped veg with a stock cube or two. If not, or a gastronome, dig out a recipe. Or add one to our KIS (Keep it Simple) Cookery video channel.

And next time you are at one of those big shops, you can give a smug look at the other shoppers with tinned soup in their trollies.

How you can help build a new LOCAL food industry

We need a LOCAL food industry to replace the anti-social national food industry where supermarkets are charging consumers too much for food, but giving farmers too little to stay in business.

A local food industry will reconnect producer with consumer and encourage trade and communication. More people will eat seasonal produce and in so doing encourage further production. By cutting out the middle men and supply chain, food becomes cheaper and all the revenue stays in the local economy.

Much better than the average 9p currently going to farmers for every £1 spent on food in the supermarket.

If you would like to help build your local food industry we have the tools and welcome your support.

BigBarn was set up 12 years ago with the mission to get people out the supermarket and build a local food industry.

We are a Community Interest Company, effectively owned by the Community of businesses on our map and the Community of consumers visiting our content. You.

To build a LOCAL Food Industry our strategy is to;

1. To have the definitive database of local producers and independent retailers
2. Give them all passwords to update their details regularly
3. Display them on post code specific maps and get the map and data on as many other websites as possible
4. Provide an e-commerse facility so each can set up an online shop and be within an Amazon type local food MarketPlace
5. Provide a long list of benefits and discounts on products and services to make each business more competitive
6. Set up initiatives like ‘Cheaper than the Supermarket’, ‘Crop for the Shop’, & ‘KIS Cookery‘ to encourage consumers to switch to local and get enthused about cooking.

So far we have 7,000 producer/retailer icons on our map, all with a password to update their page including; video, photos, online shop, etc.

We have 21,000 consumers receiving our postcode specific newsletter, and 440 producers in our online MarketPlace.

We also have around 90 other websites hosting our map and MarketPlace.

To see a partner website click here.


If you would like to help you can;
1. Type your post code in here and tell us if there are any errors or omissions on your local food map info@bigbarn.co.uk
2. Register for our free emailed newsletter to be kept up to date on national and local food news, including special offers added by your local producers/retailers.
3. If your local producer/retailers have not added a video, online shop, joined Crop for the Shop, or got a proper description. please tell them to call us on 01480 890 970 or about these benefits of joining up
4. Perhaps offer to do a quick video for your local producer/retailer
5. Try out our online MarketPlace where 450 icons have added 10,000+ products (you can use discount code BB1 on this page)
6. Add a recipe video to our KIS (Keep it Simple) video Cookery channel to help more people cook, you could even be discovered and become the next famous chef!
7. Start growing your own and sell any excess via your local Crop for the Shop outlet. If there isn’t one on your local map ask your local shop or post office to set up a table and print off our poster. They are then eligible to join BigBarn. (This concept has been a life saver for some small shops increasing their stock and becoming the centre of the community)
8. If you know any websites that would like to have our map, MarketPlace and KIS Cookery and earn through our affiliate scheme, please tell them to call us.
9. If you believe in what we are doing and would like to help financially you can donate here or call us about buying some shares.
9. Please TELL YOUR FRIENDS!! We can make this happen.

As usual we welcome your feedback below, and would like to know if a loyalty scheme would encourage you do any of the above?