Saturday, 17 November 2018
Although Brexit is a hot political topic right now, this isn't meant to be a political post. But I do think we need to start a conversation about the practical realities while the politicians posture. I've stated before I am member of the Scottish Green Party and I voted to Remain in the EU. This post isn't a dig at anyone who votes differently but a few things have happened recently that have made me sit up and think maybe we need to do something.
Jack Monroe a long time campaigner on mental health issues, benefits and food banks, wrote this week about stockpiling food for a post Brexit situation. This is a complete change of opinion for Jack. Read it HERE, it's an interesting piece.
Also this week, the Brexit Minister resigned alongside five other Cabinet ministers so we're now on our THIRD Brexit Minister. What do they know that we don't????? The new Minister comes from the Department of Health so I guess he's going to have to be a quick learner. We're leaving the EU on the 29th March 2019 and we still haven't agreed a withdrawal deal. This is getting very serious!
Did you know we actually have a minister responsible for the food chain? His name is David Rutley and he used to work for Asda. So at least he knows something about the food supply. But there are genuine fears that we may be facing food shortages and the government is stockpiling food in case we leave without a deal. Are we going to need a rationing policy to deal with these shortages?
So, I'm thinking about this seriously now. In the past I've prepped for living rurally and been prepared for bad weather situations where we were cut off AND lost power. Since moving back into town I've not been prepping seriously. Remember I got a wee reminder HERE?
Jack has a list of foods for stockpiling on a budget. And if you search Pinterest or Google for stockpiling you'll get lots of ideas. It needn't cost a lot but better to be prepared and not need it than be faced with not having enough.
Are you thinking about stockpiling?