More and more people are turning to grow their own fresh produce. It is in view to help their food budgets. Thus far, It helps to fight against non-communicable diseases too. So, people are learning to eat more nutritious food from their own gardens.
As the world works to determine the future of food insecurity it is becoming more important to learn about the potential of our land and sea. It has a direct impact on our economy. Hence, it is becoming more urgent now.
If COVID-19 has taught us anything, it is to realise and respect the full potential of our natural resources. The modern economy is realising not to adhere to unviable industries. More people are learning about the importance of nutrient-dense soils, pristine waters, and organic agriculture. So far, many people are gearing up for premium quality aquaculture foods. Hence, products like medicinal seaweed and shellfish are becoming popular.
So far, the pandemic has had a huge impact on the food system worldwide. It has had direct and indirect effects on the lives and livelihoods of people, animals, and plants. The food system is complex and at risk. Thus far, it is possible a few of these complexities are still to emerge.
To date, these challenges of the pandemic have been significant. It includes restrictions on farmworkers, planting, and harvests. Thus far, there have been shifts in agricultural livelihoods and food availability.
In times of economic insecurity, such as the pandemic there is often a rise in vegetable gardening and keeping poultry. Historically, these responses are Australian traditions of food production at home. However, history tells us that it is not easy to rapidly increase self-provisioning in times of crisis. It is even more difficult for people in greatest need like unemployed people.
For example, during the world war, there was a disruption in Australian food and agricultural supply chains. Hence, in the early 1940s, as the war expanded and food shortages soared, the YMCA arranged women into garden armies. They grew vegetables. The Commonwealth government campaigned to encourage home food production. Hence, community-based production expanded. However, it was not possible for everyone. There were obstacles. In fact, there were disruptions in the supply of seeds, fertiliser, and rubber for garden hoses. The resourceful gardeners scraped pigeon droppings from buildings to feed their gardens.
Another challenge was people lacking skills in gardening and growing poultry. The Australian government realised people lacked knowledge and made efforts to provide good gardening advice. So, these efforts were overwhelmed by weather conditions and local shortages. Thus, their efforts to encourage the gardeners to help neighbours may have been more effective.
So far, home food production mostly increased during economic distress. For example, during the Great Depression in the 1920s and 1930s horse manure was in high demand by many unemployed people. They were growing their own vegetables. In fact, a Melbourne health inspector reported with satisfaction, that horse manure was no longer accumulating.
During the high inflation and unemployment period in the 1970s, more people were taking up vegetable gardening. This period was affected by the oil shocks too. There were huge increases in fuel prices. So, gardening was seen as a low-cost recreation and a buffer against food price rises. Thus far, during the crisis, there is a strong urge to grow your own food. However, good preparation is important for effective outcomes.