Higher Food Prices, Global Rice Shortage Concerns @ The Roundup

by Silicon Valley Blogger on 2008-04-275

I found myself face-to-face with another meme, thanks to My Daily Dollars and this time, this meme is requiring me to write a 6 word memoir. I wasn’t exactly sure what this meant, so I dug up the rules of this particular request:

The rules of the meme:

1. Write your own six word memoir
2. Post it on your blog and include a visual illustration if you want
3. Link to the person who tagged you in your post
4. Tag at least 5 more blogs
5. Leave a comment on the tagged blogs with an invitation to play

I’ll play along but I’m skipping the last 2 steps since based on my track record, I’ve usually found myself to be at the tail end of memes with everyone else I know already tagged and done with 😉 .

So my “6 word memoir” — which unfortunately is not exactly a memoir but does contain 6 words — is dedicated to the latest story to grip our food budget:

Skip the rice, pass the potatoes.

and here’s my runner-up:

Return to equilibrium. Raise prices now.

Rice Shortage
Photo by objectsandpixels.com

I guess this all just my knee-jerk opinion to the global hoarding going on with rice these days. Okay, the hoarding may be an exaggeration, but it seems to be the hot story of the week if I go by what I’ve encountered in money blogs lately.

Now I’m getting hungry…

Personal Finance Reads

  • The Simple Dollar: If you’ve wanted to get a close look at how a couple works out and manages their finances, then check out Trent’s conversation (Q & A) with his wife. From this, I get a rather intimate and telling view of how people bounce off each other when it comes to dealing with money, job and life.
  • All Financial Matters: We’re supposed to have replaced our cars by now, based on our rule to sell them as soon as they hit the 100,000 mileage mark. We’ve changed our rules since and have decided to join the “run-your-car-to-the-ground” bandwagon. If you’re getting a hankering for new wheels, here’s a smart suggestion for curbing that urge.
  • My Money Blog: Our grocery trip yesterday found us snagging the last bag of rice on the shelf. That was the first time I really noticed the store running out of rice like that. We rice-eaters are not too happy about this global hit on rice. How about raising the prices already?
  • Lazy Man and Money: If you’re in the military, you can save money on (almost) free vacations, which is among the many other perks you are entitled to.
  • Money Smart Life: A whole month of free movies? You can get that with Blockbuster’s One Month of Total Access Online Movie Rental trial offer!
  • Gen X Finance: Here’s an interesting take on the good that higher food prices would afford us as a society. Maybe this’ll help change some of our more wasteful habits and cause us to conserve our resources better.
  • The Sun’s Financial Diary: The stories on higher food prices and diminishing available supply of rice are dominating the blogosphere these days. Now the buzz is on rice hoarding.
  • Mighty Bargain Hunter: If you’re eager to retire your mortgage, there’s something you shouldn’t do: don’t pay for the “privilege” of doing so. Don’t pay for bi-weekly mortgage acceleration — you don’t need a third party to help you do this; it’s something you can handle on your own (for free).
  • No Credit Needed: NCN offers us an installment of his debt reduction guide, which includes discussion on reducing monthly interest charges, balance transfers and making extra payments.
  • Million Dollar Journey: How organized are you during tax season? Well it’s all about filing, labeling, sorting and tracking. The more complicated your taxes are, the greater the necessity for organization.
  • My Dollar Plan: This huge retirement checklist is quite helpful. Here are 43 things you may want to review and get done before you retire.
  • Brip Blap: If you’re nurturing a career, then keeping track of your past projects and achievements is something you should do. After all, you’ll want to sell yourself in the best way possible whenever you job hop or “job jump”.

Image Credit: ObjectsandPixels.com

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{ 5 comments… read them below or add one }

Mrs. Micah April 28, 2008 at 9:40 am

Ironically, the best place to get rice right now is the specialty organic store. Giant (which always sucks and now sucks more) is sold out of or not replacing its store-brand brown rice and it only sells one other brand (and only in 1lb sizes) which is more expensive than the organic stuff. It’s kind of ridiculous. They have lots of white rice…but we prefer whole grains.

Brip Blap April 28, 2008 at 8:32 pm

Rice, potatoes, they’re all bad! Carbs! Carbs!

In all seriousness, food shortages are scary. Nothing will come of it – we could always quit subsidizing all the farmers NOT to grow food – but it’s unquieting on top of all the other bad news.


my 6 word memoir in that context: was fat, now not, avoid carbs. 🙂

Ur September 19, 2009 at 12:27 am

Awesome article which I enjoyed a lot this morning. Cheers for sharing.

Lars June 10, 2010 at 11:14 am

Thanks for the suggestions on other reading – the Simple Dollar and My Dollar Plan were particularly valuable as I look to buy my first home.

Claire Sanchez June 15, 2010 at 11:38 am

Thanks for sharing this awesome post! Keep it up! God bless!

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