With food riots spreading from Haiti to Thailand and retail giants such as Wal-Mart implementing rice rationing in the United States because of shrinking supplies, analysts say Canadians will soon be paying a lot more at the grocery store.
Already, panic buying has hit some Canadian stores.
Bruce Cran, president of the Consumers Association of Canada said he was getting calls in British Columbia that store shelves were being emptied of rice by panicked buyers. "I was in one of the national chains and there was one packet of rice left on the shelf."...
Yes, I think the shortages are real. Not because the food isn't available but because of the rising fuel prices driving up the costs of everything else. People are worried and they want to stock their pantries.
A well stocked pantry is an excellent idea, but if the economy is really tanking, we have two options - get down on our knees and repent and cry out to God for mercy or panic and hope the government will save us. (I am sure we all know how well that went over with Katrina.)
Whatever we do, we need to be prepared for a future with very high fuel and grocery prices, as well as the possibility of empty store shelves. I think this means more than just stocking the pantry - it will only last so long. Think gardening, storing seeds, buying livestock if you have land, etc...
Jhawk44 wrote: No, I live in Virginia, my name comes from the first letter of my first name (Which is Joshua) and my favorite bird (Hawk) and the 44 is just random number I typed one day while trying to get a Gmail account, and it stuck.
No, I live in Virginia, my name comes from the first letter of my first name (Which is Joshua) and my favorite bird (Hawk) and the 44 is just random number I typed one day while trying to get a Gmail account, and it stuck.
Jhawk44 wrote: No shortage here... Is this REALLY happening or just some string of panic stories cause a couple of Walmarts ran dry on rice?
I've been told that here in the SF Bay Area there is no local food shortage but we have a lot of immigrants who come from those countries where the food panic is most acute, and it is THESE people who are hoarding the rice so they can send it overseas to their loved-ones who live where the food-panic is more serious.
Are you from Kansas, Jhawk44? Just curious. Your alias reminds me of pre-Civil War historical events that took place in that state.
--Oh, and thanks to Google, I just found out the KU's mascot is the Jayhawk.