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Prayer is no longer the best way out of any crisis. In the new world, the way out of any crisis is shopping. You need to buy that MP3 music player fitted with a refrigerator and microwave that can synchronize MS Outlook irrespective of whether there is an Earthquake or tsunami.

Since there is a global food crisis presently, I decided to go shopping for food. I thought that if I build my grave with forks, knives, spoons, rice and sambar, the world will be a happier place. But f***** Sam’s club and Costco now have an upper limit on the amount of rice I can buy…. Here is an excerpt from CNN

The store will limit customers to four 20-lb. bags of jasmine, basmati and long-grain white rice, the company said in a statement. Its restriction mainly will affect businesses that buy rice in bulk, but the company said “a typical Sam’s Club Business Member does not buy more than 80 pounds of rice in one visit.

I cannot believe I cannot shop to my tummy full. This is really blasphemous. The reason for the crisis is the export restrictions on rice placed by Asian countries. Can’t the US President veto their laws? 🙂

But who else can give us the better perspective on rice than Rice herself. Here is a brilliant quote

Left on the boil over Rice remark

in the diets of people in India and China” is forcing the governments
in the two countries to keep food “inside”, which is a cause for the
current global supply shortage, she said.

This might mean that we might have to build our graves with local food which will make people like Michael Pollan go Eureka.

This also brings me to an interesting article on India’s ambiguous farm policy which showed up in Rediff a few days ago. [Yes, Rediff does sometimes write about things other than Bipasha Basu’s plunging neckline]

Here is the link if you find time between your Latte and cinnamon bun –

Paradoxes of UPA’s farm policy

The most contentious issue by far is that of SEZs. While the Ministry of Commerce claims it has directed state governments and the Board of Approval for SEZs not to sanction use of agricultural land for SEZs, this is precisely what is happening. Whether in Congress-ruled Haryana or BJP-ruled Madhya Pradesh, farmers are being displaced en masse by SEZs. When taxed with this by a group of NGOs, the Commerce Minister reportedly expressed helplessness as “land is a state subject”. The fact that the Congress president is sending out mixed signals has not imparted any clarity on the issue.

Written by Sudarshan Suresh

May 1, 2008 at 11:39 am