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Old April 21st, 2008, 03:08 PM
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http://nysun.com/news/food-rationing...adbasket-world


Haven't seen any problems in Hawaii myself. Perhaps just some hiccups while the global supply train rearranges itself due to oil prices or something. I don't really have much info on this stuff.
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Old April 21st, 2008, 04:32 PM
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I just finished reading a story about rice being in short supply in Silicon Valley of the San Jose area. I think drudge linked me to it. Not sure, multi-tasking but suffice it to say the little town named was Mt. View, CA. and it was about shopping and rice shortage at their local Costco.
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Old April 21st, 2008, 05:08 PM
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I just finished reading a story about rice being in short supply in Silicon Valley of the San Jose area. I think drudge linked me to it. Not sure, multi-tasking but suffice it to say the little town named was Mt. View, CA. and it was about shopping and rice shortage at their local Costco.

Rice shortage? Nah, haven't seen any here at the local Asian supermarkets or at the nearby 99 Markets. Prices have gone up (like most food products), but I can't imagine why specifically Mountain View, around 20 miles from me, would have a shortage.

Maybe COSTCO, a big box market I don't utilize, doesn't have as much as they usually do. Or maybe the shortage is in the imported long grain rice and not in the short- or medium- grain California rice.

Maybe all this rumor mongering will make us accept higher rice prices. Dunno.

Maybe I'll stop eating so much rice . . . and eat more okazu.
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Old April 21st, 2008, 05:23 PM
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I believe that worldwide there's a rice shortage and that it's going to take time to show up in all locations.
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Old April 21st, 2008, 05:40 PM
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a $10 plate lunch? is that possible?!

maybe 3 scoops mac salad instead of 2 scoops rice and 1 scoop salad?!
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Old April 21st, 2008, 05:53 PM
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a $10 plate lunch? is that possible?!
Ouch

That would mean $12 Starbucks coffee

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maybe 3 scoops mac salad instead of 2 scoops rice and 1 scoop salad?!
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Nevah mine da mac salad. Tree scoop rice fo' me!

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Old April 21st, 2008, 08:04 PM
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Yeh, haven't seen any indication of a shortage, but have seen the price of regular calrose rice get as high as $9 for a 20 lb. bag. Could get it for under $6 just a couple weeks ago.
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Old April 21st, 2008, 09:45 PM
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Ouch

That would mean $12 Starbucks coffee



lol

Nevah mine da mac salad. Tree scoop rice fo' me!

I'd never survive the Atkins diet

don't drink that starbucks stuff, it'll kill ya. well, at least it'll hurt the pocketbook!?
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Old April 22nd, 2008, 01:53 AM
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Oh crap. I knew I should have stocked up on all the staple foods.
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Old April 22nd, 2008, 01:56 AM
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I'Hungry, it ain't too late to stock up and it is actually a dang good idea to do.
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Old April 22nd, 2008, 03:39 AM
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While the current situation doesn't look all that great, I'm a little more concerned about climate change (not mans' contribution to it).

Climate does change. That affects farms and affects our food supply. There are natural events that can cause climate change. The sun can change it's output and large scale volcanic eruptions can cause a "nuclear winter". We as a civilization have to be able to adjust.

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Preps...not just for pandemics.

http://www.hawaiithreads.com/showthr...light=pandemic
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Old April 22nd, 2008, 11:12 AM
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Don't forget the worldwide price pressure on crops used to make ethanol. You see, it's a wonderful idea to take food out of a baby's mouth, and burn it in a fire.

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Old April 22nd, 2008, 11:27 AM
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The rice shortage is real I believe, just takes time to hit us here in Hawaii.

The rest of the food shortage buzz is probably somewhat credible, but I think ultimately it would affect less developed countries than ones who have more economic buying power.
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aloooha,

speaking of buying rice...

we just bought 200 lbs of rice yesterday - at sam's club.

100 lbs for us and 100 lbs for my parents

it's the calrose brand.

we usually get a different brand at one of the asian markets but it's now selling for over $35/50 lbs bag.

so, it's fo real - lol.

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Old April 22nd, 2008, 08:27 PM
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San Jose, CA. bay area/silicon valley area Costco has now posted signs asking customers to not buy too much, to please follow their "regular habits" in shopping for rice. Here's the link to the story...


http://www.nbc11.com/news/15953044/detail.html
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San Jose, CA. bay area/silicon valley area Costco has now posted signs asking customers to not buy too much, to please follow their "regular habits" in shopping for rice. Here's the link to the story...


http://www.nbc11.com/news/15953044/detail.html
Yeah please limit yourself to no less than $100 or one full cart which ever comes first.
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Old April 23rd, 2008, 02:15 AM
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I hope that it's just a scare people sensationalized headline news story like the Y2K hype.
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Old April 23rd, 2008, 03:11 PM
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"By Nicole Maestri

NEW YORK, April 23 (Reuters) - Wal-Mart Stores Inc's (WMT.N: Quote, Profile, Research) Sam's Club warehouse division said on Wednesday it is limiting sales of several types of rice, the latest sign that fears of a rice shortage are rippling around the world.

Sam's Club, the No. 2 U.S. warehouse club operator, said it is limiting sales of Jasmine, Basmati and long grain white rice "due to recent supply and demand trends."

U.S. rice futures hitting an all-time high Wednesday on worries about supply shortages."

And...from the Washington Times...

"Americans hoard food as industry seeks regs
By Patrice Hill
April 23, 2008

Farmers and food executives appealed fruitlessly to federal officials yesterday for regulatory steps to limit speculative buying that is helping to drive food prices higher. Meanwhile, some Americans are stocking up on staples such as rice, flour and oil in anticipation of high prices and shortages spreading from overseas."
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Old April 25th, 2008, 04:31 AM
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Wall street journal and some good "food for thought."


"By BRETT ARENDS

Load Up the Pantry
April 21, 2008 6:47 p.m.

I don't want to alarm anybody, but maybe it's time for Americans to start stockpiling food.

No, this is not a drill.

You've seen the TV footage of food riots in parts of the developing world. Yes, they're a long way away from the U.S. But most foodstuffs operate in a global market. When the cost of wheat soars in Asia, it will do the same here.

Reality: Food prices are already rising here much faster than the returns you are likely to get from keeping your money in a bank or money-market fund. And there are very good reasons to believe prices on the shelves are about to start rising a lot faster.

"Load up the pantry," says Manu Daftary, one of Wall Street's top investors and the manager of the Quaker Strategic Growth mutual fund. "I think prices are going higher. People are too complacent. They think it isn't going to happen here. But I don't know how the food companies can absorb higher costs." (Full disclosure: I am an investor in Quaker Strategic.."

rest of article here...

http://online.wsj.com/article/SB120881517227532621.html
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Old April 25th, 2008, 04:34 AM
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On the KHNL news story on this the other day (Wed., April 23), the comments they read from the teleprompter said that the shortage was for jasmine rice in Thailand, which then spread to other countries in that area, and also to some African countries, and also in Haiti.

Then it all became political... about how Hawaii was going to surely feel the impact since we consume so much more rice here than other places... and this was after they had a clip from a spokeman from the California rice growers association who said that there was NO rice shortage!

So.. doesn't the calrose rice we locals enjoy come mostly from California? Is anyone feeling a real rice shortage now? Hard fo find in the stores? I tend to agree with the growers... there is a shortage, but only on certain kinds of rice. Seems like the retailers are just taking advantage of us, using headlines as scare tactics to get more money from us. What do you think?
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No, I think the only thing that may cause a shortage in rice could be panic buying. No way is that happening now. I was in Walmart Mililani today and they had plenty of rice, in fact I think they had more of it than usual. Longs Mililani had a large box of white rice right on the floor and it was marked at a sale price.

This WSJ article is simply wisdom....investment analysts suggesting we stock up on food that doesn't easily spoil because the way prices are rising this is actually a better investment of our money than anywhere else, with the interest rates on investments so pitifully low.
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No, I think the only thing that may cause a shortage in rice could be panic buying. No way is that happening now. I was in Walmart Mililani today and they had plenty of rice, in fact I think they had more of it than usual. Longs Mililani had a large box of white rice right on the floor and it was marked at a sale price.

This WSJ article is simply wisdom....investment analysts suggesting we stock up on food that doesn't easily spoil because the way prices are rising this is actually a better investment of our money than anywhere else, with the interest rates on investments so pitifully low.
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Message to people trying to hoard rice:
Stocking up on tons of rice is probably not a good idea since enevitably, you will end up with a house full of those little brown bugs that thrive on rice.
Valid issue, but it's just a matter of putting it in a bug tight container.
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Valid issue, but it's just a matter of putting it in a bug tight container.
For those who truly hoard rice, hopefully they have enough room to store multiple large, air tight, plastic containers as those buggies can get into just about anything else including the thickest leaf and garden bags. Me? I live in 400 sq. ft. with no garage. I'll buy one 5 lb. bag of brown rice and keep it in the fridge!

I never thought I'd see the day when a big bag of rice would outperform the stock market!
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