The extent of the floods in Qld and the drought breaking rain through out Australia can not be underestimated in regards to its impact on the rest of the nation. Australia in the past has been blessed with an abundance and variety of fresh produce.
The floods in Queensland have covered an area equal to that of much of South Africa, and much of that area is home to essential agricultural production; such as cotton, fruit and vegetables. Elsewhere through out Australia, what appeared to be a bumper crop of grains. cereals and legumes ready for harvest; was wiped out. This will affect the prices of food as well as the variety and amount of produce that will be available. The question I have is if this will have an effect on our current living standards and lifestyle.
By this I mean, will we have a cultural shift with the return to back yard gardening and families augmenting their groceries with what can be grown at home? I myself am a avid gardener and have been for some time. As well as gardening; we have had plans for a potential chicken run for some time; with the aim of providing both eggs and meat.
This summer I have had a steady supply of tomatoes, beans, zucchini, silver beet / spinach, lettuce, corn, potatoes, cabbage, broccoli, pumpkin from last year and a variety of herbs, strawberries and blueberries coming from the garden. While it’s not feasible to be entirely self sufficient, its certainly possible to argument a large proportion of the grocery needs.
It’s only a generation or two, where the back yard garden in Australia was seen as a necessity and not a luxury or hobby. I’m guessing that more and more Australians will once return to this practice as a part of the normal Australian lifestyle. I also believe that we will see more gardens within the grounds and balconies of our apartment buildings and more community gardens take shape in the foreseeable future.
What are your thoughts about the potential changes to our lifestyles? Do you see this as a step forward or backwards within our modern era?