Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Food Prices to Rise as Drought Destroys Corn and Soy

What we have to look forward to, thanks to the unrelenting heat wave and drought conditions prevailing throughout so much of the country, courtesy of The New York Times:
"The worst drought in the United States in nearly a half-century is expected to drive up the price of milk, beef and pork next year, the government said Wednesday, as consumers bear some of the brunt of the sweltering heat that is driving up the cost of feed corn.

"Poultry prices are expected to rise more immediately, the government said in a report. It estimated that consumer price indexes for chicken and turkey would rise 3.5 percent to 4.5 percent later this year."
Corn and soy, the dominant crops we use as filler in processed foods and in the feed we give to our animals, are being destroyed by the high heat and lack of water. Grass-fed meat and dairy, anyone? (Unfortunately it's not so cut and dry, since a lot of grass is, well, really, really dry.)

Another question: Would we be better off if food prices increase, say, ten-fold—to where they should be—and we start to realize how corrupt our food system is? A similar scenario exists in the price of gas; am I the only one hoping for $10 per gallon gas?

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Anonymous said...

My CSA has had to suspend deliveries, but will (hoping) resume when the weather breaks and maybe be able to extend them into the fall. Crops have shut down growing -- tomatoes, peppers, eggplants and cucumbers -- ironically the "hot weather" crops -- are dropping their flowers without setting fruit. Farmers who are driving several hours to market have a bit more to offer. It is frustrating to go into a grocery store and see the gorgeous produce (pricey, though) that has been trucked all the way across the country, when the farmers next door are suffering catastrophic loss.

Chef Rob said...

It's a very serious situation, to say the least. But what will it take for us (society) to call for change? Ten years of this? Ground beef priced at $15 per pound?

Muhammad Amir said...

Grass-fed meat major surplus and survival warehouse and dairy, anyone? (Unfortunately it's not so cut and dry,