Food Shortage in Venezuela
(Caracas, Venezuela) Venezuela is suffering due to acute food shortages. President Nicolás Maduro and Andrés Eloy Méndez, the newly appointed Superintendent of Socio-Economic Rights, has blamed the shortages on consumers buying too much and emptying supermarket shelves. Consequently,
… it has just been announced that the ministries of Science and Technology and Food are developing a biometric fingerprint recognition system that will allow to monitor “who buys and how he/she does it” and to control the so-called “bachaqueo” (a type of smuggling activity common in the Venezuelan border with Colombia), according to Méndez. This mechanism would be put into operation for both private and public network supermarkets by early 2015.It's feared that the fingerprint system will lead to food rationing.