Drought to increase food costs

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Thursday, July 26, 2012

The drought affecting more than half the country will raise grocery costs three to four percent in 2013.

Milk, eggs, beef, poultry and pork prices all will be affected because the drought has pushed up prices for feed, and that will eventually translate into higher prices for steaks, hamburger, pork chops and chicken. The good news for cost-conscious consumers is that prices for fruits and vegetables, as well as processed foods, aren’t affected as much by the drought.

Exactly how much more people might pay for a pound of hamburger, for example, isn’t known because those prices are affected by lots of factors, including how much of the increase a given supermarket might pass along to the consumer. But beef prices as a whole are expected to see the biggest jump at 4 percent to 5 percent, according to the USDA.

Read more at The Register-Guard.

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