While we gather tonight at the Grange to discuss how to protect our way of life on Lummi Island, that is, maintaining the ferry as a virtual bridge so we can go to town and come back whenever we want to, keep in mind that there are big things happening in the world that could change things in a way that could affect us here on our small island. The problem is FOOD. While we’ve been talking Peak Oil, Peak Water and Peak Everything, Peak Food has snuck up on us, caused an uprising in Egypt and forcing governments around the world to take action to curb exports.
While some of us have been encouraging building up one’s personal pantry entire nations are now hoarding food.
“When it comes to rice, India, Vietnam, China and 11 other countries have limited or banned exports. Fifteen countries, including Pakistan and Bolivia, have capped or halted wheat exports. More than a dozen have limited corn exports. Kazakhstan has restricted exports of sunflower seeds.”
A bigger problem than not having thirty minute ferry service to Gooseberry Point may be not having anything to buy when you get across to the other side.
King TV was recently here to do a story on the ferry. I was on for four seconds talking about growing more food. It wasn’t a bad sound bite. But when they asked me about the ferry I said that I thought our ferry crisis was a metaphor for what the entire country might face soon.
It’s disappointing that, seemingly, the majority of Lummi Islanders are spending their energy trying to preserve the status quo at a time when big changes are facing not just us, our state and country, but the entire world when it comes to energy, sustainability and self-reliance.