A couple of days ago there was quite a discussion over on Crunchy Chicken's blog about the effects of rising food prices on the economy in general. One of the things I like about this blog is that she throws out topics for discussion and just let's people run with it. I have to admit I climbed up on my soapbox over there, because there were some commenters who thought anything that drove people to think about raising more of their own food, or otherwise disconnecting from Big Ag might be a good thing. And in some ways they are right. Where I got distressed was the assumption that everyone was going to be able to do this easily and successfully. My biggest concern was for people who simply don't have the resources to do that.
Interestingly, the very next day our local newspaper ran a story on the difficulty poorer families have in accessing things like farmer's markets, and how the local public health department is seeking ways to solve that problem. I thought some of you might be interested. It is revealing to read what exactly the issues were for these families.