My wife said something similar yesterday: that a drought in Australia will lead to huge increases in future prices of baby formula. Apparently she read a Chinese news article that reported that. The drought part seems to be true, though I don’t know how that will affect baby formula prices in Taiwan.
[quote]Australia could be importing stockfood from New Zealand for its cattle within weeks, as the crisis in the country’s rural sector worsens, says Australian Agriculture Minister Peter McGauran.
The “real problem” facing beef and dairy farmers across the drought-struck country was the unprecedented lack of stock feed, he told the Daily Telegraph newspaper.
“Unless there is substantial rainfall this weekend and over the next couple of weeks, Australia will have to look to our neighbours for help,” he said.
Mr McGauran said if that ended up being the case, it would be the first time in history that Australia imported stock feed other than grain. . . .
While there was enough grain for sheep and cattle at the moment, it was the lack of roughage – such as hay and other coarse feeds – that was panicking Australia’s 80,000 beef and dairy farmers . . . [/quote]
For those who are breastfeeding, maybe this is one more reason to prolong that as long as possible.