The people of Venezuela have recently been struggling to obtain bread for their people. While there have been many issues occurring in Venezuela, the most recent are leaving people questioning each other. After a fall in the economy, the Venezuelan government has faced many struggles, including hyperinflation, which is creating large lines at various stores, in particular bakeries. The people of Venezuela are struggling to provide bread for the population due to governmental restrictions. Each bakery in Caracas, the capital, has been put on flour restrictions and is unable to make bread for a portion of the population that is demanding the goods, much less for all of them. There was not a single bag of flour in the bakery at the center of Caracas. The own of this particular shop fears being shut down by the government for not providing bread, as it has happened to four other bakeries in the area. “The last time we got flour was almost a month ago, I have nothing and I need at least three bags a day to keep this place open,” said the owner. Atop of an already difficult situation, Venezuela does not produce a lot of wheat as it is a country along the equator. This fact allows the government to argue that bread consumption is a colonial idea, imposing the idea that the culture of Venezuela is being imposed upon by the consumption
With that said, there was not a single bag of flour in the bakery at the centre of Caracas. The owner of this particular shop fears being shut down by the government for not providing bread, as it has happened to four other bakeries in the area. “The last time we got flour was almost a month ago, I have nothing and I need at least three bags a day to keep this place open,” said the owner. On top of an already difficult situation, Venezuela does not produce a lot of wheat as it is a country along the equator. This fact allows the government to argue that bread consumption is a colonial idea, which is meant to suggest the idea that the culture of Venezuela is being imposed upon by the consumption of bread.
The beginnings of Venezuela’s struggles began in 2013, with the change in oil prices. Since then, inflation has risen 550 percent, which has sent the country into an economic crisis. With astronomical inflation, the country has also experienced a fall in revenues. In short, there has been a fall in the economy and many people are suffering because of it. For instance, bakeries are experiencing political debates and challenges as they provide for the majority of the people of Venezuela and are experiencing extreme measures, with regard to governmental control. It has been ordered, by the government, that 90 percent of flour in the bakeries should be used to make simple, salty, bread that can be sold to the masses. In other words, bakers are not allowed to make various types of bread with their flour, which resulted in the arrests of bakers and fines across the country.
Bakeries are beginning to be controlled by the Local Committees of Popular Supply or CLAP. This organization is supposed to ensure fair pricing and distribution to the people. However, this is not necessarily what is happening. According to Emilio Santos, owner of Mansion’s Bakery, “(CLAP) came to close the bakery supposedly because there was no bread, but we were selling at the time.” People of CLAP were recently seen leaving a bakery with sacks laden with bread as the crowd shouted obscenities at them.
It is far from easy for an individual in Venezuela to obtain bread. According to the New York Times, one individual who had obtained bread was acting anxious when asked how he got it. “One of his neighbors asked where the bread came from, and when they answered, her face darkened. ‘That’s very bad, I don’t like that, that’s not good,’ he said, but he also took his two shots.” Even discussing how to obtain bread has become a topic to be discussed after drinks in Venezuela.
The people of Venezuela are facing huge problems as their empty bakeries are continually being shut down. Venezuelan, Jorge Riobueno, was quoted saying that, “We are waiting for the pain, to expropriate us. I only have this form of sustenance. I am about to run away, I have nothing here.” With an empty bread basket, hopes are low in Venezuela as the people watch the little that is left for them be taken. Corrupt governmental intervention is leaving the hungry people of Venezuela starving.