Ah, There’s That Grim Meathook Future People Were Missing

April 23rd, 2008 | researchmaterial

Interesting article on the hint of food rationing in America:

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.


11 Responses to “Ah, There’s That Grim Meathook Future People Were Missing”

  1. I love the comment near the end of the story–”Maybe I’ll just eat bread.”

  2. There was a story on NPR recently about food prices of basic staples (including rice) dramatically increasing – doubling in the case of rice.

    That Costco’s in walking distance of me.

  3. I read that some Asian countries have halted exports of rice, not because of actual shortages but to keep prices down a bit. That might be causing ex-pats to get nervous.

    If native-born Americans were panic buying, the shelves would be stripped of Red Baron pizza, Hot Pockets, and Little Debbie snack cakes.

  4. There was also an article in Tuesday’s NY Times about an apparent shortage of matzo in the nation’s supermarkets: http://www.nytimes.com/2008/04/22/us/22matzo.html

    Jews everywhere are plotzing:

    “I ran with my hands in the air, pumping the box in my hand saying, ‘I got the last box of matzo!’” Ms. Kawadler said. “It was the talk of our seder.”

    Coincidence? I think not.

  5. all this crap about food prices. one word. SPECULATION.
    come to live in Chile, here i feed myself an my girlfriend, with only 25 dollars a week. and we eat a lot.

    Fruits and vegetables (excelent quality) milk, rice, pasta, eggs, everything. you name it.

    Everything here is incredibly cheap.

    Oh and also we have 3g on our phones. and we dont live in the jungle.

  6. Warren … this story ran in the NY Sun … that’s rather like a story from the Mail for you … the lede says New England, but nowhere in the body of the story is there any mention of a location in New England (Queens, of course, being one of the 5 New York City boroughs and not a part of New England).

    Reasons to be concerned? Yes. Reason to do something about our profligate consumption habits here in the US (and anywhere else applicable)? Absolutely.

    Responsible, factual reporting? Not so much …

    Status: FAIL.

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  9. ABC National Radio News just reported that Sam’s Club is officially limitng the amount of Rice and individual can buy at their stores.

  10. the fact is, we are on the brink of a worldwide depression, and bush sits in washington, tapdancing and playing air guitar

    are we having fun yet?

  11. Wow, living in Mexico finally paid off. Since i get my news from this blog and other not so accurate places, can someone explain to me(or point me towards) what is happening and why the gringos are limiting food? I could check the local news, but in those only show why a kindergarden teacher put some skirts on some little boys or something like that.