Why is food expensive? (And what you can do about it)

Take a trip down any grocery store aisle these days and you are bound to experience some serious sticker shock.

Prices have been spiraling upward since the start of the pandemic crisis in 2020. From Covid-19 restrictions slowing down production, to container shipping delays stalling out the supply chain at the docks, seems like every product in the store costs more.

Add in summer droughts, wildfires, and colossal storms, (climate change) and many food growing areas are reeling from the impacts to their business models. Seems obvious that prices will be higher.

But I’m not talking about those costs.

I am asking a much more fundamental question.

Why is food expensive?

Because here’s the thing. Plants grow for free.

If you take a broccoli seed (or wheat kernel, or cucumber or pepper seed) and place it into some warm moist soil. It will grow all by itself.

Hand holding germinating green pea seeds
Germinating pea seeds (Photo by Suresh AC on Unsplash)

And when it does start to grow, fed by the nutrients packaged in that tiny seed, it reaches for the sun as hardwired in its DNA. The sun provides the solar power needed for the tiny little factories in the plant leaves to start making food – sugars, starches, proteins, etc. – and the plant grows.

When the plant nears the end of its growth, it does another miraculous thing. It flowers and sets seeds. And not just one or two seeds, but dozens, sometimes hundreds of seeds come from every plant that itself has grown from a single seed. One becomes many and the cycle can continue.

All this without costing money. What I mean is the plant does not require money to grow into food and turn into seeds. You may require money to buy those seeds . . . at least the first time.

Hands settling a tiny seedling in the dirt of a raised garden bed
Seedlings growing – powered by the sun (Photo by Sandie Clarke on Unsplash)

So why is food expensive?

Somewhere along the way, the majority of humans on the planet decided to outsource food production. We willingly (blindly?) put the task of growing food into the hands of someone else – initially that was farmers. We paid farmers to grow food for us.

Further along this path, someone figured out that there was real money to be made growing food on a big scale. But it wasn’t the farmers who knew the land and shepherded those seeds. . . .it was corporations who wanted big profits.

Control the food and you can control the world!

Chickadee eating sunflower seeds from someone's hand.  Controlling the food means deciding who gets to eat or what price they have to pay.
Controlling the food means deciding who gets to eat or what price they have to pay (Photo by Andrik Langfield on Unsplash)

Now decades later, most of the world’s food, and farm land and seed sources, are controlled by profit-driven companies trying to squeeze the last penny from your pocket before you get to eat.

Food is expensive because we’ve outsourced it to for-profit corporations.

Right now food is played as a zero sum game, where every win by the food giants equates to a loss of nutrition for someone unable to pay the demanded food prices.

Millions of people starve every year or live with malnutrition while the world is producing enough food to feed everyone. Over one third of all the food produced is lost as food waste at various points along a system that is focused on profits instead of on people, nutrition, or food.

But it doesn’t have to be this way.

Because food is not an option. It’s essential for life.

The miracle of plants that grow as food is not restricted to corporations and industrial scale farms. Food plants can grow pretty much everywhere that people live.

All over the world, small-scale farmers and individuals grow food at a local scale, using sustainable methods that reduce food waste and puts food on tables without shipping or stores.

Many food plants being grown in a container garden
Container gardening (Photo by Oksana Manych on Unsplash)

In fact, most gardens, big or small, located in fields, yards, containers, balconies, rooftops, windowsills and kitchens, are able to produce food in abundance.

It’s time to start changing our food systems and ensure that no one ever goes hungry again.

It’s time to create a world of food abundance.

Kale seedlings.  The future is abundant
(photo from Pixabay)

Are you ready to turn the tables and become Food Abundant?

Then join the Revolution.

When you create food abundance, and live with abundance, it’s so easy to share your gifts with the world.

It’s time to take back our food systems.

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