Friday, April 11, 2008

Potato Bread

Potato Bread. I was reading about a movement in South America where the Potato originated of making bread flour made from potatoes. I think this is a great idea!
If more people around the world learn to make bread from potatoes it is likely more people on earth will survive the present food shortages and price driven famines.

Here in the United States and other places we often make bread from wheat flour mixed with potato flour and we also call this potato bread. However, the main reason for this article is about bread almost totally made from potato flour which will help people stay alive through the present food shortages on earth.

However, because a lot of the food problem now is transportation of food costs from one nation to another I must also say it is quite likely that the price of oil will continue to climb whether its price is tied to the dollar or not. I have read many studies that talk about the difficulty of producing oil plentifully and cheaply during the last decade. It has been generally predicted that the oil shortages and the price rises would start to hit between 2007 and 2012 with the average being 2010. So just because of the difficulty of getting the remaining oil out of the ground the price would continue to climb even without developing nations like China and India consuming half their oil to make plastic products and other manufactured items to sell to Europe, and North and South America and the rest of Earth.

So, the likelihood of cheap oil ever happening again without severe government regulation is about zero! It looks like it is going to be a pretty dangerous weaning of the world from oil, especially because of what is already happening in Haiti and Ivory Coast.

So, financially it is likely no longer practical to ship potatoes or rice or anything else very far with the price of oil being what it is. During World War II people grew Victory Gardens wherever they could to get enough fresh food to eat. I propose if you have clean water and clean land(even a backyard) where you are and water is at an affordable price that you begin to grow this summer (or winter if you are in the southern hemisphere) a Victory Garden so you and yours get enough fresh food to eat. Or if your neighbor needs a little food and you have extra you could offer some to a neighbor.

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