Originally published on Mon October 1, 2012 7:52 am
Credit Robert Smith / NPR
There are some things you just can't live without. Gas. Electricity. Bacon. No matter the price, you're gonna buy it. That's why many countries have strategic reserves of basic necessities. The reserves guarantee a temporary supply of the things people can't live without, and can serve as a short-term buffer against price spikes.
Different countries have different things they can't live with out. Here are a few of our favorite strategic reserves: