Category: Health


The Rising Price of Rice


A recent trip to the grocery store may have surprised a few customers if they traveled there with the intent of purchasing a bag of rice. More specifically, they may have been surprised if they were seeking to purchase long grained rice that is traditionally grown in Southeast Asia. While some grocery stores may not still carry a large supply of long grained Jasmine (or similar types of rice), other stores still offer the precious product but at a higher price than previously offered at. The alternative of shorter, American grown grains of rice has become the replacement solution for some American families, but others have chosen to pay a higher price for their favorite variety of rice. For example, a fifty pound bag of this long grained Jasmine rice that was purchased at just twenty-five dollars a bag about six months ago may go for as much as forty dollars a bag today.

This rising cost of rice is obviously a concern for many families, both inside of America and out. Although it may simply be a part of the rising cost of global foods, the cost of rice could have detrimental impacts on many people. According to an Associated Press article published in late March 2017, the price of rice on world markets climbed at least fifty percent in the early months of 2017 and also doubled since 2007. The rice rise has caused a decline in the price of rice cookers so it’s much easier to grab one at this website.

Experts have offered several possible causes of the increase in the price of rice in general. One obvious cost is probably directly related to the monumental increase in the price of fuel. With the cost of fuel at such a high price, the cost related to transporting rice and any other shipped agricultural product is also increased. Additionally, the cost of fertilizing has also increased, which may be another reason for the increase in the price of rice. Naturally, a third possible explanation for the growing cost of imported rice is the possibility of the detrimental affects of natural disasters on the rice fields.

A more recent of these natural disasters include the Cyclone Nargis, which swept through Myanmar, including the rice fields of the Irrawaddy region. Although the full effects of the cyclone’s disastrous path are still unknown, the price of rice has already increased as a result of the destruction of some of the rice fields. Disease, pests, and climate change could also be contributing to the rise in the price of rice.

Gevalia Coffee Maker with a Timer Review


The Gevalia coffeemaker is worth the price it costs. It costs approximately $99, but is sometimes on sale at some stores. Ours is black and silver. It has a programmable timer on it. It can be set to turn on in the morning, or whenever you want it to turn on. The coffee maker can be found with a more detailed review at TheBestCoffeeMachineReviews.

It shuts off in two hours, automatically, from the time that it is turned on.

We have had this particular coffee maker for approximately 2 1/2 years.

It is a 12 cup coffee maker.

It has a digital clock on it.

It is an attractive looking coffee maker.

There is a way to get one of these for only about $15-20. Sometimes, Gevalia has a special on their website, but if someone wishes to deal with specials and buying things via regular mail, they can go to the Gevalia site and have the brochures or specials sent to their mailbox.

Sometimes Gevalia will offer to give this coffee maker to you when you purchase coffee one time. You can get into their club and buy some every month, if you wish to. We did try this out. The coffee maker was great and we stayed with the club for a few months, but the coffee we got the third time kind smelled bad, so we did not want to continue doing the club with them. The coffee we tried was the beans so that we could grind it. The ground coffee might be better. There is only one way to find out.

This has been a great coffee maker, though, and it is easy to keep clean. I use vinegar to clean the entire coffee maker. I add water to the carafe and then add as much vinegar as I want to (usually 2 times more vinegar then water) and I run it through he coffee maker just the same as I would for making coffee. Then, I run water through it a few times more to make sure the vinegar taste and smell is gone.

This coffee maker uses the cone coffee filters. One can find these coffee filters at any local Family Dollar store or Wal-Mart, for around $1-1.20.