Tuesday, January 18, 2011
Queensland Floods and Food Security
The powerful and forceful Queensland floods have not only decimated lives and property but created food shortages.
The Gold Coast where I live has been unaffected by the floods but much of the food supply chain has been affected.
When the fresh food area of the supermarket is empty and no one can get milk `Food Security' suddenly feels fragile.
The white flower above is on a self sown turmeric plants.
To the right is a pepino.
These are melon like fruits with a gentle sweetness somewhat like their soft beauty.
Passionfruit flowers are also a special delight.
Peppers grow well when the weather is humid and hot.
To the left the first mandarin on my new tree and below the Drumstick Tree which is a real food security plant.
Those softly weeping leaves of the Drumstick Tree have a delightful taste and are full of protein and in a few months I can expect prolific pea pods that taste like asparagus.
These floods have really accentuated for me the concept of food security in today's world of global warming.