Since I don't have (or want) a TV I don't know if the extreme drought in California has been covered by the main stream media. I know it's not being covered on the radio. If it isn't then I will assume that most people don't know just exactly how bad this impacts the entire country's food supply.
The rising cost of groceries is starting to become alarming. I know we are feeling it here. Things are getting really tight. Our grocery money is buying less and less. I'm struggling to admit it to myself but it won't be long before I'm going to have to budget more towards the grocery bill. Even with growing our own vegetables and having the chickens and the rabbits there are staples that have to be bought. Things we aren't able to produce here on the homeplace Things like coffee, tea, sugar, flour, butter and cooking oil are some of them. I'm sure you are feeling it too.
And that brings us to what is happening in California. Just the other day Gov. Brown declared the state in an extreme drought. My mom was telling me there has been hardly any snow where they are up in the northern part of the state either. Not to mention the ongoing water right feuds.This is the worst drought that California has ever seen.
Here's a partial list of the percentage of our fruits and vegetables that come from California. Click here for a full list
Head Lettuce 70%
Leaf Lettuce 85%
They also grow a healthy amount of melons. Did you know they produce half of the bell peppers in the US. One third of the fresh tomatoes and 95% of the processed ones come from the state.
If those numbers don't tell you what we are in for in the coming year then I just don't know what to say. If you think things are expensive now just give it a bit. Add to that the price of meat. Beef hit a 61 year low. That will push the beef prices even higher than they are now.
If there is any way that you can stock your pantry deep you'll be ahead of the game (for awhile at least) Heck consider it an investment . What you acquire today will most assuredly be worth more in the coming months. Hedge your bets and hold onto your hat's folks. It's going to be a wild ride.