Monday, April 21, 2008

Food Rationing Hitting the US?

Americans hear about food shortaged in the Third World frequently, and to our credit, we're the most generous people in the world when it comes to sending foreign aid. But food rationing in the US hasn't been an issue here for decades.

Now comes this story:

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.

Full story here.

After reading the story above, I took a trip over to our local BJ's Wholesale Club (similar to Costco). There seemed to be no shortage at this particular store, but while I was there I figured it would be a good idea to pick up a couple bags of rice, along with some other staples.

No reason to panic yet, but this bears watching.

1 comment:

Jeff Hamilton said...

With the perceived shortages of rice, high cost of grains due to fuel costs, etc. even the emergency 5 year food bars are going up in price. Might be a good idea to get a few since they have a decent shelf life for your emergency preparedness needs.