Has any major Western economy had food and fuel shortages in living memory?
UK. Major fuel shortage in 1956 leading to food and other shortages. Fuel shortage in c1972 which lead to ration coupons being issued but not brought into use, another fuel shortage in the 70s. Can't remember when, 1970s again?, major bread shortage, shelves empty, so many people bought flour to bake their own bread that a major flour shortage developed and bakers coudn't get enough flour, making the bread shortage even worse.