Is the U.S. on the brink of food rationing? Possibly. Reports The New York Sun:

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.

It’s hard to know what to make of the report, though. The Sun article focuses mainly on anecdotal evidence: shoppers at a Costco in Silicon Valley — one of the the most prosperous areas on the planet — a guy who runs a survivalist website (sample line from ad: "Free XD pistol!"), and "an anonymous high-tech professional writing on an investment website."

Still, if they really are rationing rice in Silicon Valley — and flour and cooking oil in Queens — then something weird is afoot. Rather than everybody panicking and stocking up on guns, ammo, canned goods, and grains, I’d rather see us reinvest in local-food production networks. Call me wacko.

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