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Fiona Sherlock


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Growing your own vegetables is a mindful experience. Picture by Jani Bryson

Growing your own vegetables is a mindful experience. Picture by Jani Bryson

Growing your own vegetables is a mindful experience. Picture by Jani Bryson

How can we find comfort and happiness in life in this era of shortages? Since the end of World War II, most of the western world has lived in abundance. Luckily, most of us do not know what it is like to go hungry, to go to bed cold, or go without work.

In the short term, with oil prices and inflation set to continue to rise in the next few months, more households find themselves now choosing between heating, electricity and food. Almost a third of Irish people are in energy poverty, spending more than 10pc of their net income on energy bills (excluding transport costs), according to a report by the ESRI last week. That could rise to as high as 42pc by winter.


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