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Food prices to post biggest rise since 1990: USDA
Reuters ^ | 08/20/08 | Christopher Doering

Posted on 08/20/2008 10:21:42 PM PDT by TigerLikesRooster

Food prices to post biggest rise since 1990: USDA

By Christopher Doering

Wed Aug 20, 5:43 PM ET

U.S. consumers should brace for the biggest increase in food prices in nearly 20 years in 2008 and even more pain next year due to surging meat and produce prices, the Agriculture Department said on Wednesday.

Food prices are forecast to rise by 5 percent to 6 percent this year, making it the largest annual increase since 1990. Just last month, USDA forecast food prices would climb between 4.5 and 5.5 percent in 2008.

"It's a little bit of a surprise how strong some of the numbers were in July," USDA economist Ephraim Leibtag, who prepared the forecast, said in an interview.

"We've been waiting for some moderation, but especially with some of the meat prices and how much has come through relatively recently (at the retail level) leads me to believe the overall number may be a little bit higher for the year," he added.

Leibtag said he expected food prices to moderate, but the timing depends on what happens to volatile energy and food ingredient costs.

(Excerpt) Read more at news.yahoo.com ...


TOPICS: Business/Economy; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: fish; foodprice; foodsupply; inflation; meat; poultry
Hmm.. in coming years, daily dish could be potato and alfalfa.:-)
1 posted on 08/20/2008 10:21:43 PM PDT by TigerLikesRooster
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To: TigerLikesRooster; Uncle Ike; RSmithOpt; jiggyboy; 2banana; Travis McGee; OwenKellogg; 31R1O; ...

Ping!


2 posted on 08/20/2008 10:22:10 PM PDT by TigerLikesRooster (kim jong-il, chia head, ppogri, In Grim Reaper we trust)
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To: TigerLikesRooster

“Drill here, Drill now, Pay less.” It’s not rocket science.


3 posted on 08/20/2008 10:25:53 PM PDT by FlingWingFlyer (A History and Science Minute.- "Climate change" has been going on for millions of years!)
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To: TigerLikesRooster

I have 3 stores I shop at - 2 for quick trips and my Walmart Grocery store (not the big Walmart) for my main shopping. I haven’t noticed much price increase at Walmart but at the other 2 it is ridiculous how high some of my favorite items are. Thank God for Walmart.


4 posted on 08/20/2008 10:30:03 PM PDT by peggybac (Tolerance is the virtue of believing in nothing)
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To: TigerLikesRooster

I was raised on fried potatoes, ham, beans and cornbread. I guess I will have to live on them again.


5 posted on 08/20/2008 10:47:14 PM PDT by Ruy Dias de Bivar
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To: Ruy Dias de Bivar
According to the article above, ham may not make it to your plate often.
6 posted on 08/20/2008 10:51:20 PM PDT by TigerLikesRooster (kim jong-il, chia head, ppogri, In Grim Reaper we trust)
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To: Ruy Dias de Bivar

Hmm, cornbread in milk. Okay, I know what I’m making when I wake up tomorrow.


7 posted on 08/20/2008 10:57:07 PM PDT by randomhero97 ("First you want to kill me, now you want to kiss me. Blow!" - Ash)
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To: TigerLikesRooster

Their 5-6%m rise is bogus food has gone up 20-30 percent. And that is not even counting the cost of gas to go to the store. They need to post the real numbers not this piddly low balling.


8 posted on 08/20/2008 10:58:30 PM PDT by guitarplayer1953
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To: Ruy Dias de Bivar

Hmm, from being in the store a couple of times the last few days, potatoes have gone up at least 50% since the first of the year. They were six dollars for a plain Russet ten pound bag, whereas that same ten pound bag was about four dollars at the beginning of the year.

It may just be beans and cornbread, unless we keep burning corn. * sigh *


9 posted on 08/20/2008 11:02:49 PM PDT by kenth (Will Rogers never met Barack Obama.)
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To: TigerLikesRooster

***According to the article above, ham may not make it to your plate often. ***

I know. I was about to add the words...”well, maybe not the ham.”...but didn’t.

At least I have about 15 chickens ready for the freezer.


10 posted on 08/20/2008 11:02:49 PM PDT by Ruy Dias de Bivar
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To: kenth

*** They were six dollars for a plain Russet ten pound bag, whereas that same ten pound bag was about four dollars at the beginning of the year.***

They are still cheaper to buy than to grow.


11 posted on 08/20/2008 11:04:54 PM PDT by Ruy Dias de Bivar
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To: randomhero97

Great. It’s 1:05am and now I’m craving cornbread. Thanks. Thanks a lot.

:-)


12 posted on 08/20/2008 11:06:17 PM PDT by peggybac (Tolerance is the virtue of believing in nothing)
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To: TigerLikesRooster

Last thing the MSM wants the average American to realize is that the rise of food cost (and just about everything else) is tied to OIL! Last thing Rooters wants is for joe six pack to tie low lil supplies to the Rats refusal to produce Americas domestic supply.


13 posted on 08/20/2008 11:06:35 PM PDT by SeaWolf (Orwell must have foreseen the 21st Century US Congress when he wrote 1984)
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To: kenth

***It may just be beans and cornbread, unless we keep burning corn. * sigh ****

Corn won’t grow at all on Rockey Top dirt’s too rockey by far...
That’s why all the folks on Rockey Top get their corn from a jar...


14 posted on 08/20/2008 11:07:13 PM PDT by Ruy Dias de Bivar
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To: TigerLikesRooster

Most unwelcome news.


15 posted on 08/20/2008 11:08:25 PM PDT by Ciexyz
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To: TigerLikesRooster

We have been thinking ahead a little more than normal lately, food wise. I pick our pig up from the butchers tomorrow and that is about 200+ pounds of pork. I haven’t done the math on the whole thing but I know it is the only way we can afford to eat pork...grow our own.

The whole family hunts, except me, so we get 8-9 animals in the freezer every year (deer, antelope and hopefully elk). Gardening is tough where we live due to cold, short summers and rocky soil, but my corn is looking good and I try to can what I can and buy staples when they go on sale.

Also, heating homes is supposed to be pretty tough this winter, too. Thankfully we put a woodstove in last year and firewood is in abundance in our area.

We are picking huckleberries as quick as we can so we can get more fruit in the freezer, too. There are a lot of ways to save on groceries when you have access to nature...but for people in the cities...well, now, that might be a little scary.

Too bad so many people aren’t a little more self-sufficient but I am older and I had a mom who showed me the ropes.


16 posted on 08/20/2008 11:15:57 PM PDT by MTMS
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To: MTMS
Sounds like you would last a heck of a lot longer than others
17 posted on 08/20/2008 11:21:09 PM PDT by TigerLikesRooster (kim jong-il, chia head, ppogri, In Grim Reaper we trust)
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To: SeaWolf
[Last thing the MSM wants the average American to realize is that the rise of food cost (and just about everything else) is tied to OIL!]
 
Wait until Joe figures out he's paying for folks' McMansions every time he buys a loaf of bread or a gallon of gas.

18 posted on 08/20/2008 11:35:59 PM PDT by LomanBill (A bird flies because the right wing opposes the left.)
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To: guitarplayer1953
"Their 5-6%m rise is bogus food has gone up 20-30 percent. And that is not even counting the cost of gas to go to the store. They need to post the real numbers not this piddly low balling."

I agree 100%!

19 posted on 08/20/2008 11:48:57 PM PDT by blam
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To: TigerLikesRooster; M. Espinola; Travis McGee; All
'No big deal.' Consumer prices just surged the most in 30 years. Hardly any of the major media reported that fact. Except this one : I was amazed because not even Fox News, ABC, NBC and the major print media were reporting that story. Not even Drudge posted that report. I thought that was puzzling. Matt is slipping. To catch his eye today the item almost hav fallen off the lips of Madonna, Britmey or some 'Ho Low' wannabe.

Does anybody actually believe official 'Core CPI' used by the Fed today ________? Milk prices, bread prices, power prices and medical costs are surging monthly. All of which means that Social Security recipients will be demanding a 12% increase in 2009 just to keep up with reality.

20 posted on 08/21/2008 3:32:50 AM PDT by ex-Texan (Matthew 7: 1 - 6)
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To: ex-Texan
They don't want to be the next Chucky Schumer by running their mouth. What they say could indeed be true. However, they will be crucified well before general public realize it.
21 posted on 08/21/2008 3:39:14 AM PDT by TigerLikesRooster (kim jong-il, chia head, ppogri, In Grim Reaper we trust)
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To: TigerLikesRooster
Well things are going to swing very quickly and seem like suddenly for many folks. I've been scrimping the best I can already, stocking away a little each week and I tried home gardening this summer thinking what I planted could be frozen. I don't know how to can, wish I did.

The excessively cold summer with lots of rain turned things green, but my harvest of pepper and tomato have basically failed. The squash planted way back in early spring started blooming at the beginning of August, so far no fruits.

Chicken-leg quarters have been on sale for the past several weeks so I bought a few packages of those to freeze. What I have noticed is things like dried peas and beans are getting tougher to find in the grocery store. They seem to be moving them around the store each week! Of course that is frustrating especially when you have to ask and they take you to the specialty food section and try to sell you the same beans priced twice as much!

Prices I've noticed slowly creeping up are things like bacon, pasta (check the wgts. some are no longer 16oz), and cheese. Each week it is a few cents more. Whole chickens seem to be holding at a little over $5 per bird from last summer.

Yeast for making bread jumped .50 recently. It is interesting now with the bread as we have the bread company, the in-store bread, and now a new generic label bread. The generic is .75 a loaf, but about 1/2 the size of a regular loaf.

Prices are going up. And if you think they haven't, check the package size. It may have been reduced a few ounces, like the pasta.

22 posted on 08/21/2008 3:57:06 AM PDT by EBH ( ... the riotousness of the crowd is always very close to madness. --Alculin c.735-804)
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To: TigerLikesRooster
This fall and through the winter, food will rise another 15%.

I predict the new president will inherit a depression only to be topped by The Great Depression.

I do not see anything on the horizon good for the American consumer with respect to the cost of living.

To make all the matter just that much worse our elected idiots will raise our taxes instead of cutting their actual spending.

This is already happening.

23 posted on 08/21/2008 5:19:46 AM PDT by RSmithOpt (Liberalism: Highway to Hell)
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To: RSmithOpt
I know, balancing budget by raising taxes, Dem's favorite line.
24 posted on 08/21/2008 5:21:29 AM PDT by TigerLikesRooster (kim jong-il, chia head, ppogri, In Grim Reaper we trust)
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To: TigerLikesRooster
In the Godd Old Jimmah Carter Days during the painful trip to the grocery store, one could look forward to having 4 or 5 price stickers on every can - each one higher than the previous sticker. Nowadays, everything is bar coded so you don't notice as much.

It's all related to the high price of oil but once the sheep begin to bitch and look to lay blame, the Dims will blame it on "Big Ag" or "Big Grocery Chain" and hold hearings to posture their concern and browbeat the heads of those companies and threaten to nationalize them!

25 posted on 08/21/2008 5:24:38 AM PDT by Gritty (Barack will never allow you to go back to your lives as usual - Michelle Obama)
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To: ex-Texan

The Fed would rather exclude energy and food costs, that way things always look better.


26 posted on 08/21/2008 5:25:10 AM PDT by M. Espinola (Freedom is not 'free'.)
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To: TigerLikesRooster

90% of the Dems and the Pubs are cluesless w/ respect to the term of balanced budget.


27 posted on 08/21/2008 6:07:54 AM PDT by RSmithOpt (Liberalism: Highway to Hell)
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To: RSmithOpt
Actually, increasing taxes to balance budget(w/ no substantial spending cuts) is Paul Krugman’s pet cause for quite a while. He must have many followers in Congress.
28 posted on 08/21/2008 6:12:54 AM PDT by TigerLikesRooster (kim jong-il, chia head, ppogri, In Grim Reaper we trust)
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