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.


8 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by Alfinator on July 26, 2012 at 1:10 pm

    A big tip you need to include about food price rises, is: Avoid supermarkets. They will use marketing to make people think that with their buying power they can offer the cheapest food. Instead they will keep their percentage mark up the same meaning increased profit.


  2. Quite right. I note from news this morning that the drought in America is getting worse and making the food price crisis get closer


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  4. Posted by Karen Challinor on August 15, 2012 at 7:14 pm

    This article is advocating avoiding buying meat from animals that are fed on grain ie pigs. We are British pig farmers who produce our own meat from our Gloucester Old Spots. Do you not think that by saying this, it may well put us out of business? Pigs cannot live on grass, they must have grain, so what are we supposed to do? Rearing pigs and making any money is difficult at the best of times, so what this article should be saying is “support your british farmers!!!!! The British public have had it easy for years re the price of food, now its pay back time Im afraid.


    • Thanks for this comment and pointing out pork. You are quite right I did miss this. BigBarn is 100% about supporting local farmers and helping people understand where their food comes from. We want local people to meet you, buy your pork, and taste the difference. They will realise that good pork does cost a little more, and we hope, shun cheap foreign imports.


  5. Buying a whole or half carcass direct from the farmer can also save a lot. I sell a half mutton carcass (about 13kg) for about £90, which is less than half the price you would pay for standard lamb at a supermarket. And it is 10x better!


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  7. Feeding pigs grain is not just expensive, but also inappropriate and unsustainable. . Start by asking yourself what pigs natural diet is. It is roots, wild seeds of all kinds, insects and worms and almost anything else they find, but certainly not grain. Omnivores, such as pigs and chickens should be fed on food waste: abattoir and butcher waste, restaurant waste, any food unfit for human consumption, spoilt milk from diary farms (they always have some from cows that have just given birth).
    If only our idiotic government did not ban feeding food waste to pigs and chickens, the natural waste recyclers.


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