"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.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.)
"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."
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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