Feb 222011

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 usĀ  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.”

Authoritarian governments are stockpiling food in order to stave off unrest.

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.



  4 Responses to “FOOD”

  1. Great post. I didn’t realize the food hoarding had begun with so much vigor. Food stocks are at all-time lows in the US according to the USDA. We can barely feed ourselves these days, much less feed the world.
    All it takes is one device or ramming of a supertanker in the Suez to block the great oil pipeline to the western world. Then watch oil prices spike, which drives food prices through the roof, which causes hoarding, ending in bare shelves at Costco.
    Islanders can go about 3 days without water, and a month without food.
    Anyone know which trees or rocks are edible?

  2. I made the same point when the King5 crew asked me about ‘sustainability’ and the ferry — that Lummi Island is just one more place in the world that’s going to be deeply challenged on many fronts, from food on, in the near future. (They cut my comment, too.) I too prefer to work on the future rather than the past. It’s why I can’t get hyper-excited about the latest Lummi Nation’s negotiating gambit, nor our oh-so-sympathetic county ‘just be patient and trust us” responses. I put way too much time into ferry stuff already, via the ferry forum. And despite the weather forecast, spring planting and chores ARE coming soon — that’s where I want to spend more of my time, energy and resources.

  3. For 40 years wheat was harvested in Eastern WA for 3.00 to 5.00 a bushell. Now,the price has spiked to 20.00 in the blink of an eye. The price of good farm land is bid up accordingly.

  4. What is the Lummi Nation’s latest negotiating gambit? I try to stay up on all such movements nation wide, as it is my belief that they are torch-bearers for ways of life our nation shall eventually resume.

    I was stunned at how amazingly cheap farm land is up there, compared to modern structures in town. I’m sure it’s climbing in relation though.

    I had to laugh at how you phrased ‘not having anything to buy’ there. As I’ve laid out though, a return to pure agrarian life is no longer possible with our global population either. Technology furthering efficiency will have to be produced efficiently. Let us not repeat the mistakes Mao Tse Tung made when he demanded that every citizen dig up their front yards and burn their forests in street corner earthen kilns to compete with international smelting of metals. Stupid, stupid, stupid.

    We have to pull together best practices from all ages, rely on tighter accounting, and shift the motive of all industry from profit to cooperative sustainability. Aside from those home activities like gardening and cottage industries which are in fact more efficient after distribution is accounted for, the first things we need to do are subject all large corporations to watch-dogs groups and public hearings which ensure that public service comes foremost (which would end goverment falling to lobbyists), and create a uniform capitalization tax of products and services based purely on cumulative ecological impact.

    If I had the time, I’d be spreading this message to Wisconsin, as this is ultimately the only cure to their immediate protest concerns. It’s time to become us, not us vs. them. If some one’s not for us, they need to step aside.

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