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.




 This new awareness of how our weather is changing so powerfully lead me to walk around my garden and photograph the beauty of foods growing there.

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.



9 comments:

Elisabeth said...

Lovely with flowers.

Appalachian Feet said...

Your food security is near and dear to my heart -- especially that pepino! I've tried to grow them for 3 seasons now and I never get anything but leaves. No idea what I'm doing wrong. :(

Lloyd Irving Bradbury said...

As i reach my winter of my life The wonders of nature are artifactes. I do not walk around outside in Chivago, For the frost is on the pumkin.

Arija said...

Ever since the extensive famine after world war II I have been aware of the need to be self sufficient as far as one can in one's food supply. Australia once was self sufficient as a country continent. Now our farmers are pushed off the land by cheaper imports from Chile, New Zealand, California etc. etc. until soon there will no longer be the knowledge accumulated over generations, how to actually produce herbicide and pesticide free food.

allysgrandma said...

We are trying to grow more of our food these days. Lovely pictures.

AllieMakes! said...

The floods are SO devistating! I hope things can recover soon!
That Drumstick tree is SO beautiful! I looked it up and it seems to be one of those WONDER plants. I would LOVE to know if the fruit of it falls into the legume family. If not, I would do some research to find where we could find it around here...
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Malay-Kadazan girl said...

With the flood , food prices will go up as well. Home-grown vegetables and fruit are our saviour. I am glad your place were not affected. However it is sad about loss life and people struggling to start over again. Your tumeric flower is very lovely. My peppers are not happy this year as night are cool compare with previous summer. Thanks for sharing.

africanaussie said...

I am so glad to have found your blog through the seed exchange on Malay Kdazan girl's blog. That drumstick tree sounds fabulous - how big does it grow? I am off to post a blog so that I can too can be part of this seed exchage!

Rebecca said...

Growing as much of our own food as possible has so many benefits.. Thanks for this post-great info!