Anyone that spends some of their time grocery shopping will tell you that the cost of food is on the rise, and that no relief from climbing price stickers is coming soon. When there are huge demands of key staples items, like corn, or when there is a shortage, like chocolate for example, shoppers can easily see that prices go on an upward trend.
Why is this happening? There are several factors that contribute to the raising prices, including:
• Oil Prices. Food grown on larger-scale corporate farms requires a lot of fuel, since they are harvested and processed on a mechanical scale and transported long distances.
• High Demand. Crops, like corn, are now also used to make “biofuel,” like ethanol and biodiesel. In fact, 40 percent of the corn crop in the United States now ends up in cars.
• Extreme Weather. Climate change, droughts, floods and storms cause a lot of problems for harvests and can affect production.
• Financial Crisis. Some experts argue that the market crash in 2008 also had an impact on food prices.
• Banned Exports. Fearing food shortages at home, more than 30 food-exporting companies have banned exports since 2008.
What Can Be Done?
One big concern with the rising cost of food is that it becomes cheaper and easier to buy convenience (and usually unhealthy) items, since healthier foods, like fresh produce, tend to be more expensive. However, with some changes and shopping savvy, it is still possible to feed your family healthy meals.
A lot food storage companies offer products that have been almost completely stripped of any nutritional value during the preservation process, but Augason Farms seeks out proven methods for best preserving the natural taste and nutritional integrity of foods. We manufacture a wide variety of options designed to withstand the test of time, offering shelf lives of up to 25 years. Our goal is to make it possible for families to be prepared for whatever the future may hold.
You can offset the higher cost of produce by using our freeze dried fruits and veggies for snacks like granolas, or for meals like soups, stews and pastas, without compromising the vital nutrition your family needs. We also offer delicious Pantry Pouches, soup mixes and meal kits that can help supplement your grocery budget.
Saving money on your groceries starts before you even get to the grocery store. First, check your cupboards and fridge to double check that you won’t be buying anything you already have on hand. Make a meal schedule and grocery list for the week and only buy products that you know you will need. Another good way to offset food costs is to plan meals that require similar ingredients. For example, make BBQ chicken for dinner one night and use the leftover chicken the next night to make pizza or salad.
With some planning ahead and an emergency food storage stockpile in place, your family can still enjoy healthy, nutritious meals without breaking your household budget.
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