What in the *world* is going on? Russia has placed an additional 12-month ban on the export of grain, making the ban a total of 18 months, or until December 2011. As you may have heard, Russia, world's 4th largest grain exporter, suffered drought and wild fires that destroyed their wheat crops. After news of the ban extension, riots broke out in the African nation of Mozambique due to the increase in food prices. Their were over 400 citizens injured in the riots that killed 8 adults and 2 children and caused $3.3 million dollars worth of damage.
United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) announced Saturday it will hold a special meeting in Rome on September 24th to find ways to ease the price fluctuation affecting grain markets
Here are a few places to read about this issue:
I would suggest to those in my prepared household to keep a well-stocked pantry. Wheat affects us more than you realize. It is not only in bread, but in many things. Be prepared.