The prices of rice are going up. Whether you are a fan of C4 Lagkit, Sinandomeng, NFA rice
or Star rice, you are affected with this problem. We are in a rice crisis.
Well, the prices are going up because the supply is getting low and the demand is high. It’s just a basic law of supply and demand. For a rice-eating Filipino, a meal is not complete without a rice, hence the demand for it. And since the supply is getting low, the price is going up. Do I make sense?
Well, here’s my idea. Unlike the oil crisis where we have no choice and no power to control its prices, I think, we have a choice on this rice crisis. As you can see, we have this problem because the demand is high and the supply is low. The government’s solution is to import rice to meet the demands. My solution is to lower the demand while the supply is low. How? By having a riceless dinner campaign!
So, what’s this riceless dinner campaign? Well, the name tells it all. It’s a campaign to eat dinner without rice. You don’t need that much carbohydrates and calories at night before going to sleep, do you? Eat normally during breakfast and lunch, and on dinner, don’t include rice on your meal. There are many substitute for rice, like bread, cassava, mashed potato or whatever you can think of. If you usually eat on a fastfood chain like Mcdonalds or Jollibee, instead of ordering chicken with rice, why not their spaghetti-chicken meal? Of course, this applies only to people who’s going to sleep after dinner. If you are on a night shift, I think, you should have a riceless breakfast.
If all rice-eating-Filipinos-on-dinner join me on this campaign, we’ll be able to lower the demand on rice by 33%. I’m not sure how this is going to affect the prices, but when the demand is less, the price will go down, right? Or it could hinder the current trend of the price going up. A break even is a good scenario.
So, who wants to join me on this campaign? This is just an application of the saying, “Kung maigsi ang kumot, magtyagang mamaluktot.” against “Kung maigsi ang kumot, mag-import nang mas mahabang kumot.”
Note: This is NOT an April Fool’s Joke though it may sound ridiculous to others.