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How many are in food poverty?
With the world billiards competition over my attention can once again be fully focused on my blog.
I must say it was a most exciting seventeen days of top class action on the green baize and yours truly was lucky enough to watch most of the action on my neighbours television.
During my visits my trusty neighbour extended their hospitality and my good self tucked in to many hearty meals and snacks over the course of the tournament.
How lucky one is to be able to visit a friend and not only watch their TV but to be given a meal too.
To be honest I was quite glad of my neighbours generosity because in recent weeks one has found it quite difficult getting by due to rising prices in the shops.
It seems a lots of people are struggling to make ends meet indeed only a few days ago an article appeared on a national news site saying that five million families are borrowing to pay for food and general bills.
Dipping into savings to pay for food may satisfy the hunger of today but it is definitely not a strategy that will work in the long term as the day will come when the savings are gone then what will happen?
Just as the term 'energy poverty' recently entered the vocabulary I fear that 'food poverty' is another phrase about to make its was into daily life.
What gets me is all these people who have back gardens but prefer to grass or pave them over rather than using the garden to grow food.
Do people not realise that free food can be grown at home?
Are there some out there who really believe that food only comes from the supermarkets? It would appear so.
Of course those in flats are at a disadvantage when it comes to growing food but those in the older houses with gardens certainly could.
Come to think of it maybe those sponging off state benefits should have the amount of money they are paid reduced if their home has a garden.
Why should the hard working people, like my good self, have to subsidise the laziness of those on benefits who prefer to buy supermarket food rather than growing their own if they are able to?
For those on benefits in flats maybe special allotments should be provided so they too can grown their own rather than relying the the tax payer to subsidise their life of supermarket luxury?
Maybe gardening should be taught in schools then the youngsters would have a flying start on how to feed themselves and their families? After all it used to be a subject taught to children in years gone by.
What do you think?
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The perfect wife and mother, Rebecca runs a home, a bad temper and is working on her novel. She enjoys photography, playing the piano and likes almost anything that's out of fashion and uncool. She lives in Amersham with her husband and youngest child (aged ten). Her eldest, now 27, lives and works in Buckinghamshire.