Today I was pointed in the direction of this article from Raw Story.
USDA Chief Economist Joseph Glauber forecast that consumer food prices would rise 3.0 to 4.0 percent this year after a similar 4.0 percent hike in 2007.
He added that "overall retail food prices for 2008 to 2010 are expected to rise faster than the general inflation rate."
It is these very trends that intensify for me the importance of my garden project. If we all produced some of our own foods in our own yards for our own families, the impact from rising gas prices would not affect us in the same ways that they do when we are totally dependent on someone else to grow all of the food for our families! Growing our own along with choosing to buy locally produced meat and staples will minimize the impact we will each feel and support our local economies and be better for our environment!