Bad Weather Causes Increase in Food Prices

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Okay, so it’s not just the earthquake in Chile that has affected food prices and availability lately. We all know that here in the U.S, pretty much the entire country experienced one of the worst winters on record. Here in Norfolk we usually get a few inches of snow each winter, but nothing like the storm-of-the-decade we received in January. On Valentine’s Day, 49 states received snow fall! Yes, every state except for Hawaii.

Now it’s a month later. Spring is on its way, and here in VA we’ll (hopefully) not receive any more snowfall. But the unusually cold temps have already done their damage, and it looks like you’ll be noticing it in restaurants and grocery stores.

  • This article in Cleveland Ohio Business News reports that prices of lettuce and tomatoes have skyrocketed over the last month. This is due to frozen lettuce fields in California, and heavy rains that flooded tomato fields in Florida. In this particular article, business proprietors claim not to pass increased costs along to consumers. But let’s be realistic. That can’t possibly last long.
  • This Associated Press article at Ocala.com states that you’re bound to see increased prices, as well as lessened availability of strawberries, tomatoes, bell peppers, cucumbers, sweet corn, and other produce. It’s all due to the cold snap in Florida. The Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services expects it to affect their citrus crop, too.
  • In this article from the Los Angeles Daily News, a West Hills produce shop owner states, “I’ve been in the business for 50 years and I’ve never seen prices go up across the board like this.”

If you rely on grocery store produce and this makes you feel a little nervous, well, it should. Hasn’t history proven to us that things will get better before they get worse?

Develop a self-sustaining and independent way to feed your family. You’ll never stop thanking yourself for it. Because the food crisis is already occurring around us- you’ve seen the proof. Don’t allow yourself to be an innocent victim of supply and demand.

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