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The Sky Is Falling

Throughout the world, it's obviously not a good time for the food industry, and April might have been the cruelest month in some time. This week, the Chronicle has been covering it far and wide, be it today's big story on the global rice shortage and how local Asian restaurants are coping (actual question: will they or won't they raise the $1 side of rice?), or the growing panic in Wine Country about this year's bad crop: "The worst spring cold snap in more than 30 years is threatening to wreak havoc on the wine industry as three recent days of frost have killed grapevine buds up and down the crucial North Coast vineyard region. So far, grape growers estimate that as much as 10 percent of their crops could be lost." [Chron]