Recently, we received an interesting press release: Jarden Home Brands, makers of the Ball brand of products for home preserving, have seen retail sales rise 28 percent since this time last year. They attribute the increase to consumers doing more canning as a money-saving measure in a weak economy.
And just two weeks ago, The New York Times had an article about a new trend: growing vegetables in your backyard to get around rising food costs. The owner of the Burpee company, one of the largest suppliers of seeds for gardening, said that sales of vegetable and herb seeds and plants were up a whopping 40 percent since last year. He credited a perfect storm of factors: increased interest in eating locally, food safety concerns such as the ongoing salmonella scare, and the food price spike.
It doesn't take much to see a pattern here: After a century of food production becoming more and more industrialized and globalized, everything seems to have reached a breaking point at once. TheRead More »from Growing your own veggies, and canning them too!