Egypt Rapidly Running Out Of Food

Tyler Durden's picture

Forget Egypt ATMs running out of cash. A far bigger problem for the country is starting to materialize, one which would promptly shift the revolution into overdrive: the disappearance of all staples. CNN reports: "While discontent, resentment and nationalism continue to fuel demonstrations, one vital staple is in short supply: food. Many
families in Egypt are fast running out of staples such as bread, beans
and rice and are often unable or unwilling to shop for groceries. Everything
is running out. I have three children, and I only have enough to feed
them for maybe two more days. After that I do not know what we will do.
school administrator Gamalat Gadalla told CNN." And while the world is merely concerned about whether the Suez canal is still open, perhaps it is time for a little food paradropping exercise, because if the 80+ million strong population realizes there is nothing to eat, we may just see the kind of Somali ship piracy in the Red Sea we have all grown to love, move just a little bit inland.

More from CNN:

The unrest has paralyzed daily life in Egypt with many grocers closing shop and spotty food shipments.

"With the curfew, there are no restaurants, food or gas. Basic goods will soon be in shortage," Sandmonkey, an Egyptian blogger said via Twitter.

Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak has ordered a curfew in Egypt to be extended from 3 p.m. to 8 a.m. on Monday, further stifling normal life in the embattled nation.

Egyptian state-run Nile TV has set up a hotline for citizens to call in and report bread shortages. There has been no other indication of what the Egyptian government is doing to address the crisis.

Unfortunately for Egyptians they seem blissfully unaware that they can't eat E-minis, which have resumed their algo driven melt up this morning as the revolutionary margin and bottom line appears to have blown out analyst expectations.

h/t Morten

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GerritB's picture

Maybe more important for some, Heineken halted it's operation in Egypt....

No beer means no fun!!

Sudden Debt's picture

Heineken.... beer....HAHAHAHAHA!  YOU ARE A FUNNY GUY!!


Pope Clement's picture

SD- Do the monks wash their balls in the Leffe vats ?

PY-129-20's picture

I just heard this news from an Egyptian friend on the ground:

"Hurghada is now out of petrol. No gas-Station has petrol here! It will start a new way of chaos in Egypt!"

Carl Spackler's picture

Does this imply a decease in Molotov cocktails, or has hording taken place?!?

westboundnup's picture

It's not a question of interrupted supply lines.  The supplies themselves are dwindling.

Hephasteus's picture

Ya wasn't it weird how everybody was eating and stuff there were no problems right before the great depression. And then all of a sudden everybody was starving. People ran into places where there wasn't a good rooting of the topsoil started farming the hell out of it and caused a dust bowl. I think the bankers got ahold of 25 percent of the farms during that period.

Weird isn't it. You have no idea what monsters these people are.

Pants McPants's picture

+ Steinbeck

I'm re-reading Grapes of Wrath right now.  Your comment is dead on.

Hephasteus's picture

It's cool. The farms we got we'll have them burn their crops to starve people. And then we'll have our lying ass scribes say it was to stop deflating food prices. Nobody will ever figure it out.

HamyWanger's picture

They should have sufficient money to import food via the postal service. $10, $15, not a big deal.

topcallingtroll's picture

They could fed ex it for just a little bit more. Have it there overnight.

Bill Lumbergh's picture

Hamy perhaps you can FedEx some Apple stock certificates over there and they can be used for barter.

topcallingtroll's picture

I believe you are mistaking hamy for his brother harry.

Bill Lumbergh's picture

I am well aware of the many variants of Harry...

ColonelCooper's picture

Variants whose humor is rapidly waning.

I still like WanQer though.

djb1953's picture

Wonder if Ben Shalom of Washington and Ben Ali of ex Tunisia are half brothers. Same father, different mother or vice versa?

sushi's picture

They had the same father. His name was Ben Dover.

hedgeless_horseman's picture

They should have listened to Joseph about his dreams.

Al Gorerhythm's picture

Saw the footage of an Egyptian architect being interviewed about the plan or direction after the fall of their dictator. He said that he and his countrymen had no idea where the country was headed after Moo Barak was ousted.

This rings a very loud bell for me.

The ragtag protesters don't have a philosophy about what underpins their quest for freedom. They are well justified in their quest but are only reactionary in their behavior.

Perhaps folk in yet to be affected countries had better get a grip on the difference between freedom and liberty. To revert to the same old, same old, post revolution, (as delivered by the so called democracies of the world) just ain't going to solve the leeching, scumbag banksters and politicians from continuing their skimming scams.

Give me liberty or give me death is a philosophical stand. I certainly will not put my body on the line for anything short of that.

Democracy. What a load of socialist and oligarchical driven drivel. 

pan-the-ist's picture

Certainly don't want democracy, dictators for everyone!!!

Look, Government is not the problem, government is necessary.  The problem is a government that's been hi-jacked by the oligarchy because complacent individuals fail at their due-diligence or start to believe drivel about how all government is evil and don't participate.  (Due to their black and white thinking.)  Government is the only thing that stops the wealthy from completely rolling you, so you must make the government represent the people (whatever that means).

Get it?  Wealth + thugs (and/or lawyers)= a very bad Christmas for you.

BTW, the who started the 'lawyers are evil' meme?  My guess is that it wasn't people who employ their services to protect their interests.

GoinFawr's picture

Always refreshing to see a realistic, pragmatic approach every once in awhile pan. Thanks.

Now, send in the clowns!

EscapeKey's picture

Standard script. The muslim brotherhood will sweep in on a platform consisting of meaningless rhetoric and unrealistic socialistic promises, and once elected, turn into the worst kind of "Marxist liberation democratic party".

Of course, this will be bullish for stocks going forward.

Vashta Nerada's picture

Better yet - they use islamic terrorism like the Luxor killings to reduce tourism, which hurts the Egyptian economy, then use the now desperate poor in Egypt to do the dirty work of bringing down the government for them.  They aren't hijacking a revolution, they are manipulating it.

Missing_Link's picture

Sadly, I believe you are 100% correct.

Egypt is about to turn into an Islamist hellhole.

AnAnonymous's picture

They are really powerful. Consider, without this attack, unemployment would be low in Egypt as tourism would have provided so many jobs and people would have in so large numbers to Egypt to recycle their fiat.

They are really, really powerful. A serious threat. Master puppeteers and all.

Hephasteus's picture

Do not kid yourself. Clearly defining what is not acceptable behavior is a very strong message. You do not buy 25 ferrari's while we starve. Get it.

pslater's picture

"Democracy. What a load of socialist and oligarchical driven drivel. "

@AL go

And you would replace it with?

max2205's picture

Maybe Saudi will do an airdrop? Whomever wants to improve their PR

Calmyourself's picture

Israel will start trucking it across the desert and of be accused of implanting each individual rice and wheat grain with mini Zionist mind control devices..

Mad Max's picture

Entirely plausible on both counts.

Rodent Freikorps's picture

Those magnificent bastards!

snowball777's picture

Hunger is a mind-control device.

Mad Max's picture

It's not as if the Saudis have any spare food, or nearly as much spare money as the west views them as having.

Sudden Debt's picture

Those mummies are about the same like Dried Jerky Beef.

And if the chewing is a bit though for the kids, they can boil them first.


Eating the rich and Jews is also a option, but they should also boil them first.



topcallingtroll's picture

They make better fuel for steam engines.

Sudden Debt's picture

the Jews?

Isn't that a bit cruel?

topcallingtroll's picture

Ive never tried jews, but there are refereces to using mummies for steam production. Was a huge.enterprise at one point if those references are to be it.

Sudden Debt's picture

looking at the number of junks I've just received, it seems there are a lot of historians on this blog that don't find it a funney thing to boil precious mummies...




Jeeezzzz.... I didn't know those historians had such a short fuse...

topcallingtroll's picture

I am sure it was because you used the word jew in a sentence our masters dont like.

Sudden Debt's picture

Did you hear about the new facility Kraft Foods is building in Israel?
It’s called "Cheeses of Nazareth".

goldsaver's picture

Thanks SD... needed to start my day with a good laugh.