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Food Rationing Confronts Breadbasket
of the World
.21Apr 08 - 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.
The bustling store in the heart of Silicon Valley usualy 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.
Most Costco members were being allowed to buy only one bag. "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.
The curbs and shortages are being tracked with concern by survivalists who view the phenomenon as a harbinger of more serious trouble to come.
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."
Sorry to say, I think that’s exactly what the United
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