Food rationing hits....the US(!)

Thought that the food crisis was contained to distant lands? Looks like it is now closer to home than you might have suspected.


Food Rationing Confronts Breadbasket of the World (NYSun April 21, 2008)

MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. — Many parts of America, long considered the breadbasket of the world, are now confronting a once unthinkable phenomenon: food rationing. Major retailers in New York, in areas of New England, and on the West Coast are limiting purchases of flour, rice, and cooking oil as demand outstrips supply. There are also anecdotal reports that some consumers are hoarding grain stocks.

At a Costco Warehouse in Mountain View, Calif., yesterday, shoppers grew frustrated and occasionally uttered expletives as they searched in vain for the large sacks of rice they usually buy.

Part of my advice 'package' that I deliver at my seminars is that people should not assume that food security will always be there. I know this is a radical concept for some, but once you look at the just-in-time delivery system that continuously resupplies each community with food, it is easy to think of ways that it might be disrupted.

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