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Food Rationing Confronts Breadbasket of the World

Posted by wordforit on April 21, 2008

MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif.- Josh Gerstein – 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.

“Where’s the rice?” an engineer from Palo Alto, Calif., Yajun Liu, said. “You should be able to buy something like rice. This is ridiculous.”

The bustling store in the heart of Silicon Valley usually sells four or five varieties of rice to a clientele largely of Asian immigrants, but only about half a pallet of Indian-grown Basmati rice was left in stock. A 20-pound bag was selling for $15.99.

“You can’t eat this every day. It’s too heavy,” a health care executive from Palo Alto, Sharad Patel, grumbled as his son loaded two sacks of the Basmati into a shopping cart. “We only need one bag but I’m getting two in case a neighbor or a friend needs it,” the elder man said.

The Patels seemed headed for disappointment, as most Costco members were being allowed to buy only one bag. Moments earlier, a clerk dropped two sacks back on the stack after taking them from another customer who tried to exceed the one-bag cap.

“Due to the limited availability of rice, we are limiting rice purchases based on your prior purchasing history,” a sign above the dwindling supply said.

Shoppers said the limits had been in place for a few days, and that rice supplies had been spotty for a few weeks. A store manager referred questions to officials at Costco headquarters near Seattle, who did not return calls or e-mail messages yesterday.

An employee at the Costco store in Queens said there were no restrictions on rice buying, but limits were being imposed on purchases of oil and flour. Internet postings attributed some of the shortage at the retail level to bakery owners who flocked to warehouse stores when the price of flour from commercial suppliers doubled.

The curbs and shortages are being tracked with concern by survivalists who view the phenomenon as a harbinger of more serious trouble to come.

“It’s sporadic. It’s not every store, but it’s becoming more commonplace,” the editor of SurvivalBlog.com, James Rawles, said. “The number of reports I’ve been getting from readers who have seen signs posted with limits has increased almost exponentially, I’d say in the last three to five weeks.”

Spiking food prices have led to riots in recent weeks in Haiti, Indonesia, and several African nations. India recently banned export of all but the highest quality rice, and Vietnam blocked the signing of a new contract for foreign rice sales.

“I’m surprised the Bush administration hasn’t slapped export controls on wheat,” Mr. Rawles said. “The Asian countries are here buying every kind of wheat.” Mr. Rawles said it is hard to know how much of the shortages are due to lagging supply and how much is caused by consumers hedging against future price hikes or a total lack of product.

“There have been so many stories about worldwide shortages that it encourages people to stock up. What most people don’t realize is that supply chains have changed, so inventories are very short,” Mr. Rawles, a former Army intelligence officer, said. “Even if people increased their purchasing by 20%, all the store shelves would be wiped out.”

At the moment, large chain retailers seem more prone to shortages and limits than do smaller chains and mom-and-pop stores, perhaps because store managers at the larger companies have less discretion to increase prices locally. Mr. Rawles said the spot shortages seemed to be most frequent in the Northeast and all the way along the West Coast. He said he had heard reports of buying limits at Sam’s Club warehouses, which are owned by Wal-Mart Stores, but a spokesman for the company, Kory Lundberg, said he was not aware of any shortages or limits.

An anonymous high-tech professional writing on an investment Web site, Seeking Alpha, said he recently bought 10 50-pound bags of rice at Costco. “I am concerned that when the news of rice shortage spreads, there will be panic buying and the shelves will be empty in no time. I do not intend to cause a panic, and I am not speculating on rice to make profit. I am just hoarding some for my own consumption,” he wrote.

For now, rice is available at Asian markets in California, though consumers have fewer choices when buying the largest bags. “At our neighborhood store, it’s very expensive, more than $30” for a 25-pound bag, a housewife from Mountain View, Theresa Esquerra, said. “I’m not going to pay $30. Maybe we’ll just eat bread.”

Source:  NYSun

BY JOSH GERSTEIN (author archives) – Staff Reporter of the Sun


When I worked in the food industry, vast amounts of food was thrown out consistently, by customers and businesses. At the end of the day, excess prepared food would have fed several who may not have had a meal that day but, due to risks of lawsuits (e.g.,food poisoning, allergies), we were forced to discard an unGodly amount.

Wastefulness and gluttony are behaviors I strive to be conscious of not practicing, so you can  imagine how much it bothered me to watch the food waste. I honestly don’t see how any other attitude is acceptable.

Believers of God’s promises and Jesus’ return are prepared and know there is nothing to be alarmed about; mass hysteria will come from the scoffers who continue to reject the idea of God’s plan. This is an alert of the times in which we are living. Bless God.

We continue to pray for all. ~WordForIt



One Response to “Food Rationing Confronts Breadbasket of the World”

  1. Angie said

    WFI, I heard about Costco today on Glenn Beck. We have been saying it for 2-3 months and the time is drawing near.

    “I’m surprised the Bush administration hasn’t slapped export controls on wheat”
    So am I. It seems there is no one in charge that has any common sense anymore. Someone should have known that when one can make more profits for corn to convert to ethanol, they would choose that over wheat and we would be left with shortages of both.

    I am confounded by the sheer lack of wisdom or perhaps determination to ruin us.

    We certainly need to pray for wisdom as never before and for those who are and will be hungry.

    Love and hugs to ya

    WFI reply~ I used to know an elderly lady, now deceased, who was so “frugally conditioned” throughout her life that she would even reuse aluminum foil, if at all possible. Each of us has an obligation to not take more than we need or will use and to put something back for others, but that’s not the way it has been for yearsssss.

    Like you say, this is not a surprise and the bidding for our wheat has been astronomical. What was that about the love of money being the root of all evil? Isn’t it strange how the US gives and gives, yet is still blamed for the world’s problems? Even our own people doubt the good in this country, and would ruin us with their “plans”, as you have covered quite diligently!

    It’s all a game and a distraction from hell, literally. People will start asking more and more, “What kind of God is this?” when they should have been finding that out long ago. That’s our only hope.

    Love & Hugs, Angie, and keep sounding that alarm!

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