By now we have all heard the news of the Drought in the USA. It has severely affected crops such as corn and soya bean. The trickle down effect means that small island states like ours, here in the Caribbean would now have to pay increased prices on items such as feed on which is largely corn based.
In my country the Table Eggs Producers of Trinidad and Tobago has announced that effective Thursday 23, August 2012 there will be an increase in the suggested wholesale price of eggs. So we are experiencing the effects of drought.
This is clearly an indicator that climate change is very much present and much closer to a drastic change than we all expected. Last week I posted on the ability for humanity to create the technology that is necessary when the time comes.
Well, the technology to fight drought already exists. I have posted on numerous topics dealing with water resource management. From Farming, Harvesting and Cultivating Water to creating rain via Laser beams and chemical cloud seeding!
It sounds far fetched but these are technologies that exist and have been in use. Therefore I do not see a drought issue that the super power, USA cannot solve. If by political, financial or just plain chance, none of these technologies are effective, I still have an answer.
Do we really need all that corn and soya bean in our lives. I think not. Cut back a little. If the price of something has gone up, buy less of it and eat less of it. Manage your food expenses carefully or start growing your own food.
In the case of livestock feed, do your research! A colleague of mine and myself recently discovered a cheaper, more nutritional alternative to duck feed. The work and independent research of a local duck producer provided all the evidence we needed to prove that there are better, more natural alternatives to feed in existence.
We just have to find it. It’s that simple!