Today, on the way home from church, we stopped by the Asian Market to pick up some rice. A woman was there buying 20 bags. When we walked into the tiny store, rice was $13 for a 25lb bag. By the time Alexis bought her rice, it was $15/bag. When we looked for identical bags of rice online, we found prices at $25/bag. The store owner said she didn’t know when she was going to get another shipment — Malaysia wasn’t exporting any more. We’ve all groaned as gas prices have climbed steadily in recent months. But other prices have been rising steadily as well. And not just in the U.S. Rice is a staple of much of the worlds population. India had banned exports, then relented, but has since more than doubled the minimum price for rice export from $450/tonne to $1000/tonne. of non-balsamic rice. Vietnam, third largest rice exporter in the world, was hit with a rice virus. Meanwhile as the Chinese are consuming more rice and exporting less. These countries are, next to Thailand, the top rice exporters. Thailand is not cutting exports. Even if you don’t eat much rice, you still have to face rising food prices. Wheat is going up in price. And, as I’ve written before, so is corn. I haven’t even mentioned the food riots that are beginning to crop up around the world. And governments aren’t sure what to do. What is this all about? The usual: the falling dollar, the rising cost of fuel. What to do? The tried and true freak out seems less than productive. Last year, Alexis started looking into locally produced meat, dairy, and poultry products. Locally produced and produced without using factory farming methods that are so dependent on corn. And she started a kitchen garden which we’ll expand this year. If the world continues to go to Hell in a nicely woven hand basket, maybe we can subsist on rice and veggies from our garden.