According to radio news, the disastrous flooding in Thailand has essentially wiped out the crop.
Brown jasmine rice is my favorite rice so I bought an extra bag this week in anticipation of its becoming unavailable. Of course it does go rancid over time so one can't stockpile unless a lot of freezer space is available. I hope I don't sound too callous since there is so much suffering there, which I do not mean to dismiss. But running out of rice here does nothing to affect that problem one way or the other.