H1N1 fears lead to worldwide garlic shortage
OK, this is big news. Normally I wouldn't use the Gilroy Dispatch as my primary source, but as we all know, Gilroy, Calif. bills itself as the Garlic Capital of the World.
It turns out it's the Garlic Capital of the Free World.
The Dispatch is reporting that Chinese consumers believe that garlic will ward off the swine flu, so they've been stockpiling it. Now when the Chinese stockpile something, they make a difference in the world economy. ...
The result is skyrocketing international demand. This year China, which supplies about 70 percent of the world's garlic, exported only about half of its usual 200 million pounds. Blame H1N1 but also a smaller crop because of bad weather and fewer government subsidies. In any case, the price has tripled.
As Bucky said in response to this news:
I had developed personal contingency plans for just about every conceivable catastrophe: a major, paralyzing snow storm; a double-dip recession; the Colts winning the Super Bowl; developing that form of dementia where Lady Gaga starts to make sense.
But a garlic shortage? I'm just going to throw in the towel.