Venezuelan troops seize food

I saw this last night, but it was too late to post: Venezuelan Troops Seize Food

Venezuela’s top food company has accused troops of illegally seizing more than 500 tonnes of food from its trucks as part of President Hugo Chavez’s campaign to stem shortages.

The leftist Chavez this week created a state food distributor and loosened some price controls, seeking to end months of shortages for staples like milk and eggs that have caused long lines and upset his supporters in the OPEC nation.

The highly publicised campaign has also included government crackdowns on accused smuggling, with the military seizing 1,600 tonnes of food and sending 1,200 troops to the border with Colombia.

I had not realized that it was this serious in Venezuela (already).


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3 thoughts on “Venezuelan troops seize food

  • January 24, 2008 at 2:14 pm

    In Argentina, the government has imposed price controls on beef, so the businesses that raise cattle look to export more of their production to get better prices. The government can impose price controls, but it does not have the ability to monitor the local butcher to make sure that the butcher is adhering to the controls. Food prices are going through the roof down here as well. We received more than double the price for our apricots that we harvested this year than we did last year. The prices for our other crops appear to be on the same path.

    Who would have thought that smuggling occurs in South America? Hysterical!!

  • January 27, 2008 at 1:54 pm

    In US food news – one of Survival Acres competitors is out of wheat, and another is running low, so says an online acquaintance who orders from them. None of their on-line price lists are good anymore, but they’ve not had time to update them.

  • January 27, 2008 at 3:17 pm

    Competitors!!!?? I don’t have any competitors, just imitators!

    We’re seeing shortages and outages too. All the food originally comes from the same sources. People that are waiting to order as this collapse progresses stand an excellent chance of not getting their food. But I’m preaching to the choir here.

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