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Food prices rise sharply - and there's more to come
San Francisco Chronicle ^ | Thursday, December 16, 2010 | Stacy Finz, Chronicle Staff Writer

Posted on 12/16/2010 6:58:21 PM PST by Mad Dawgg

For the first time since 2008, inflation is hitting consumers in the stomach.

Grocery prices grew by more than 1 1/2 times the overall rate of inflation this year, outpaced only by costs of transportation and medical care, according to numbers released Wednesday by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Economists predict that this is only the beginning. Fueled by the higher costs of wheat, sugar, corn, soybeans and energy, shoppers could see as much as a 4 percent increase at the supermarket checkout next year.

(Excerpt) Read more at sfgate.com ...


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KEYWORDS: carterredux; economy; foodprices; foodsupply; inflation; obamanomics
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To: DrewsMum; All

Yes, seed packets keep. You might loose 10% of germination after a year. More as the years go by.


101 posted on 12/17/2010 1:20:12 AM PST by gleeaikin
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To: bgill; All

I think in Germany the solar farmers put the panels high enough off the ground that they can grow food under them. I could imagine that in very sunny/hot places, that might even be beneficial.


102 posted on 12/17/2010 1:26:50 AM PST by gleeaikin
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To: Frantzie
When the public switches on TV then they are supporting it. Prince Al Waleed’s Fox or his ABC or his CNN are all about the same. He has even more control over at NBC/MSNBC/CNBC/Universal. The Saudis bought the white hut in 2008 and they want their money’s worth.

I need to buy another 50 inch plasma TV. That reminds me. I need to and you helped me remember.

103 posted on 12/17/2010 1:39:39 AM PST by Lazamataz (Only 19 days of Democrat fascism left!)
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To: Mad Dawgg

But, I thought the MSM said Palin had it wrong. There was no food cost inflation. That was just last month. Now we hear that food prices have been going up this YEAR.

As I recall, the column criticizing Palin was published in the Wall Street Journal.

Et tu, WSJ?


104 posted on 12/17/2010 2:10:05 AM PST by Rocky (REPEAL IT!)
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To: bamahead; Liz; AuntB; Willie Green; metmom; Tired of Taxes; wintertime

Things will get worse before they get better.


105 posted on 12/17/2010 5:22:50 AM PST by Clintonfatigued (Illegal aliens commit crimes that Americans won't commit)
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To: DrewsMum

How much is Glenn Beck’s recommended seed pack?

survivalistseed.com charges $140 for the heirloom seeds of vegetables that will produce seeds that came be replanted next year.

Most plant seed sold now is hybrid and doesn’t reproduce true to self seeds.

However, some of the best things to have are turnips, potatoes and oats which could withstand the doomsday climate scenario. And I don’t see those on the heirloom seed lists.


106 posted on 12/17/2010 5:40:38 AM PST by patriciaruth (http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1993905/posts)
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To: patriciaruth; All
http://rareseeds.com/shop/

Nice little local company here in the Mo. Ozarks. Kinda leans in the vegetarian/tree-hugger way, but they have an awesome collection of heirloom seeds from all over. Their print catalog is pure seed p0rn. Gorgeous photography, decent prices.

(and No, I don't work for them, but I do live near by!)

107 posted on 12/17/2010 6:11:17 AM PST by ozark hilljilly (Had enough, yet?)
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To: Mad Dawgg
In addition to separating out the cost of food and energy from core inflation, there are several biases understating inflation that have been built into the CPI since the 1980's.

Originally the CPI was designed to measure the cost of a fixed basket of good, i.e. comparing apple to apples. In the early 1990’s the ‘substitution effect’ was introduced. For example if the price of steak went up ‘too much’ the price of hamburger was substituted. The CPI morphed from the cost of maintaining a certain standard of living to the cost of maintaining a declining standard of living.

Straight arithmetic weighting of the CPI components was shifted to a geometric weighting. Lower weighting is given to those CPI components that are rising in price, and a higher weighting to those items dropping in price.

Hedonics was introduced. This is my personal favorite. Hedonics adjusts the prices of goods for the increased pleasure the consumer derives from modifications to those goods, e.g. if you pay more for gas because of federally mandated additives, the additional cost does not count toward the CPI because of your increased pleasure in breathing ‘cleaner air’; if the cheapest new micro wave costs more than the older cheapest new micro wave, but has additional functionality, the additional cost is not added to the CPI.

Intervention analysis tones down severe upswings, e.g. again on gas, based on the assumption that what goes up will go down.

The CPI is were calculated the same way as in Reagan's Day:


108 posted on 12/17/2010 6:17:07 AM PST by algernonpj (He who pays the piper . . .)
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To: Global2010
Yeah they are spoiled. But all the love they provide is priceless.

Indeed. We call our pooch The World's Most Spoiled Rotten Dog. He knows it. But he's a peach of a hound.

109 posted on 12/17/2010 7:23:41 AM PST by Bloody Sam Roberts (NASA? Muslims? Muslims will want to go to the moon only when Israel sets up shop there.)
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To: Mad Dawgg

Corn going to gasoline, instead of feeding the live stock, causing prices to go up..along with shortages of this food group.


110 posted on 12/17/2010 7:36:28 AM PST by GailA (NO JESUS, NO CHRISTmas!)
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To: Spiff
Got most of my year supply of food taken care of and natural gas for my CNG vehicle is holding steady at $1.52. I’m about to start raising rabbits for meat as well. I hope I’m somewhat ready for what’s coming.

Update: CNG per gallon price is dropping back down $.50 due to tax credits included in the tax cut bill to be signed today. So, my per gallon price is going to be $1.02. Looking at a propane/natural gas whole house backup generator possibly next year.

111 posted on 12/17/2010 8:05:18 AM PST by Spiff
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To: GailA

See post #30.


112 posted on 12/17/2010 8:22:04 AM PST by Balding_Eagle (Overproduction, one of the top five worries of the American Farmer each and every year..)
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To: MHGinTN

I have seen that exact same price hike on the Eight O’Clock 36 oz. whole coffee beens. I grind my own also and have at least three bags worth in reserve. My Wife and I drink a lot of coffee. I have weighed the amount of beens it takes for a full pot of coffee and now weigh out that amount and vaccum pack them and store in the freezer. Roasted Coffee beans loose flavor quickly.


113 posted on 12/17/2010 8:53:31 AM PST by Red_Devil 232 (VietVet - USMC All Ready On The Right? All Ready On The Left? All Ready On The Firing Line!)
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To: bgill

Wal-mart big wigs (regional types) show up quite often in the stores in thair areas. No Big deal. Unless the employees and Manager have not been doing what they are expected to do.


114 posted on 12/17/2010 8:58:38 AM PST by Red_Devil 232 (VietVet - USMC All Ready On The Right? All Ready On The Left? All Ready On The Firing Line!)
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To: esoxmagnum
My wife told me she would leave me if I ever cooked more than 1 chicken meal a week. :) My wife would leave me If I didn't. She is a chicken Hawk!
115 posted on 12/17/2010 9:08:31 AM PST by Red_Devil 232 (VietVet - USMC All Ready On The Right? All Ready On The Left? All Ready On The Firing Line!)
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To: Red_Devil 232
"She is a chicken Hawk!"

Feisty little thing then, eh?


116 posted on 12/17/2010 9:12:31 AM PST by BlueLancer (I'm getting a fine tootsy-frootsying right here...)
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To: Red_Devil 232

It might not be the chickens.... I think it may be my lack of culinary skills when it comes to birds. :)


117 posted on 12/17/2010 9:13:40 AM PST by esoxmagnum
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To: BlueLancer

LOL!


118 posted on 12/17/2010 9:14:55 AM PST by Red_Devil 232 (VietVet - USMC All Ready On The Right? All Ready On The Left? All Ready On The Firing Line!)
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To: HungarianGypsy

Hey! You been over here yet?


119 posted on 12/17/2010 9:19:29 AM PST by Red_Devil 232 (VietVet - USMC All Ready On The Right? All Ready On The Left? All Ready On The Firing Line!)
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To: Andy'smom; bradactor; politicalwit; Spunky; mplsconservative; boadecelia; freeangel; ...

**Freeper Kitchen Ping**

Perhaps Red_Devil 232 should be my assistant. The little Devil on my shoulder.


120 posted on 12/17/2010 9:32:51 AM PST by HungarianGypsy
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To: Global2010

do you cook the bones or give it to them raw?


121 posted on 12/17/2010 9:41:47 AM PST by dervish (I never saw a wild thing sorry for itself)
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To: Global2010

“Buy loads of ‘em when in season and freeze.”

I’ll start doing that - thanks for the reminder. Good call on the black cherry juice!!!


122 posted on 12/17/2010 10:48:59 AM PST by GOPsterinMA
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To: dervish

Raw. Been doing so for decades.

They file them down so fast by the time we get home the bones are clean enough to come in the house,

And they bring them in to add to there dry bone box, they don’t bury them like a typical dog would.

Now and then I go through the bone box and throw them out.
My God the look on their faces.
Think of a child parting from their favorite stuffy.


123 posted on 12/17/2010 10:50:12 AM PST by Global2010 (Pisces at hospites tribus diebus foetebunt.....)
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To: Kimberly GG
Right - I think this stuff started with detergent. You have to vigilant and look at all the amounts of what you buy for the price, for sure.

Sneaky jerks.

124 posted on 12/17/2010 10:52:07 AM PST by GOPsterinMA
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To: MHGinTN
I haven't tried many Ports. I'm more in the Pinot Noir, CabSav, Chianti, Merlot side of things.

I'll see if we have Whidby’s here, if it's that good, it's worth picking up a bottle.

God is really good to us Americans. Too bad so many of them are too stupid, blind to the fact or just don't care to acknowledge it. When that goodness is gone, though, they'll notice.

125 posted on 12/17/2010 10:57:11 AM PST by GOPsterinMA
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To: GOPsterinMA

Knudson Black Cherry Juice is extremely varialbe in price.
I found it at the best price of around $3 a bottle at Freddies/kroger everywhere else it is around $6 a bottle.


126 posted on 12/17/2010 10:57:52 AM PST by Global2010 (Pisces at hospites tribus diebus foetebunt.....)
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To: Global2010

I’ll look for that brand. We don’t have any Freddies/Krogers here though.


127 posted on 12/17/2010 10:59:31 AM PST by GOPsterinMA
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To: GOPsterinMA

The ungrateful Americans will be the first to expire because they don’t know how to be self reliant.

No meds. No food. No shelter.ect ect...


128 posted on 12/17/2010 11:04:26 AM PST by Global2010 (Pisces at hospites tribus diebus foetebunt.....)
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To: GOPsterinMA

I enjoy a White Zin with snacks like cheese and fruit or cheese and crackers, etc. I keep extra Beringers for visitors. It goes bad/tasteless before I can drink an entire bottle if I open one for just my own use. Refrigerating opened wines ‘washes’ their flavor away.


129 posted on 12/17/2010 11:08:22 AM PST by MHGinTN (Some, believing they can't be deceived, it's nigh impossible to convince them when they're deceived.)
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To: Global2010

To faith in God plays a part in all that too.


130 posted on 12/17/2010 11:22:22 AM PST by GOPsterinMA
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To: MHGinTN

Refrigrating opened wines is useless; might as well throw the remainder out or maybe cook with them.


131 posted on 12/17/2010 11:23:08 AM PST by GOPsterinMA
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To: ozark hilljilly; patriciaruth
http://rareseeds.com/shop/ Nice little local company here in the Mo. Ozarks.

Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds - great place. Went to one of their fall festivals a few years back. Would love to make a return visit. Their free seed catalog is a real work of art. Got my 2011 catalog last week. Just the thing to peruse indoors on a cold winter day. We order from them every year. The young man that started it has really built himself a nice business.

132 posted on 12/17/2010 12:18:06 PM PST by OB1kNOb (China is now the world's ant. America has become the world's grasshopper. Fear the coming winter.)
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To: Mad Dawgg; Nachum; All

My dog killed a squirrel yesterday - don’t think I wasn’t tempted to skin and eat it, LOL!

But, seriously, if anyone needs help getting their food budget under control, I’m glad to help. I spent MANY years feeding two adult men, myself and three teen boys on about $175.00/month. It can be done! :)

Ten Dollar Grocery Budget:

http://www.budget101.com/household/dirt-cheap-groceries-14.html

Note: This works if you have $10, or have to borrow $10 from your Parents, LOL! :)


133 posted on 12/17/2010 3:47:07 PM PST by Diana in Wisconsin (I don't have 'hobbies.' I'm developing a robust post-Apocalyptic skill set.)
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To: DrewsMum

Try these sites for seeds and information about seed saving and storage. I used to work for Seed Savers and now I work for Jung’s:

http://www.seedsavers.org

http://www.jungseed.com


134 posted on 12/17/2010 3:51:10 PM PST by Diana in Wisconsin (I don't have 'hobbies.' I'm developing a robust post-Apocalyptic skill set.)
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135 posted on 12/17/2010 3:53:22 PM PST by Diana in Wisconsin (I don't have 'hobbies.' I'm developing a robust post-Apocalyptic skill set.)
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To: CrazyIvan
“The price of venison around my place has stayed stable.”

Yup its 48 bucks in the Great State of Texas to hunt on public lands over 1 million acres scattered across our fine state. We have drawn hunts too for 3 bucks an entry some places are so remote that every entry gets drawn. Small game hunting is allowed in most of our Wildlife Management Areas for 20 bucks a day or free with the annual permit, kids 17 and under hunt free with an adult and their permit that’s 10 deer for a father son team using all 5 tags each per season more venison that one family can eat in a season. We get spring late spikeless in most of the state too for a second crack at Bambi.

For small game parts of Texas have an effective unlimited bag limit for squirrels and rabbits some places are 10 each per day per person, use a small rifle like a 17 HMR & 20gr FMJ which is legal in Tx for all small game and take the meat home. Feral hogs have no bag limits or closed season anywhere in the state and the little ones are quite delicious especially smoked whole over pecan and oak till fall off the bone tender. Again the 17HMR FMJ to the head leaves all the meat. The 17 is a sweet little tack driver my Mossberg shoots sub quarter sized groups at 100 meters off the bipod; to that distance its point and shoot for head shots on little edible critters. Ammo is cheap too ten bucks for 50 rounds lots of feral pork and rabbit for dinner at that rate. 5.56mm makes short work of feral hogs too but is too much gun for small game like rabbit or squirrels. When I small game hunt I carry my 17 and my Bushmaster flattop M4 with a Bushnell mildot on the rail in case something that legally needs a centerfire walks by. Like a deer or a turkey. 5.56 to the high neck or head for bambi or the wing joint ends the day every time for those critters too. FMJ again keeps the meat damage to a minimum an perfectly legal in Texas, shot placement shot placement slot placement is what hunting is all about.

There is no reason to pay 10 plus dollars a pound for beef or farm raised venison, or organic pork, shoot, clean, eat well.

136 posted on 12/17/2010 4:39:56 PM PST by JD_UTDallas ("SRT stops those who stop at nothing")
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To: Mad Dawgg
I buy, or should say bought, tomato sets at the local nursery. Several years ago. the left-overs self seed and come back strong with plenty of fruit year after year. So if you want tomatoes for life, don't waste your money on boutique seeds. Just buy your preferred variety and leave a few on the ground every Fall.

You'll have tomatoes to give away.

137 posted on 12/17/2010 6:20:23 PM PST by hinckley buzzard
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To: Mad Dawgg
I bought two gallon size corn syrups yesterday at a URM ( more of a wharehouse store) for under $10 each...it should keep well.....its outrageous at the regular stores....also bought a big bag of Hersheys Cocoa....just over $20 bucks buts its cheaper than the 1#ers...

if you do the shopping and the baking, you know prices have jumped...

138 posted on 12/17/2010 7:26:58 PM PST by cherry
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To: GOPsterinMA

I don’t eat fruitcake but I like to make it and my husband loves it...but anybody catch the price of those candied fruits?....ridiculous...


139 posted on 12/17/2010 7:29:17 PM PST by cherry
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To: Global2010

hope your son is doing okay.....


140 posted on 12/17/2010 7:36:56 PM PST by cherry
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To: Global2010

I love Fred Meyers and their normal prices are high but they do have sales and coupons that are very good....veggies at 3/$1...good milk prices...2# cheese at $3.50...etc....


141 posted on 12/17/2010 7:43:40 PM PST by cherry
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To: MHGinTN
"On the up side though, a Whopper Junior with fries is now more in line with reasonable caloric intake for one of three meals in the day"

yes...that is a plus...the new "value" hamburgers and fries are what they started out with 45 yrs ago....you could get a small simple hamburger, a small fry, and a drink for one dollar....

142 posted on 12/17/2010 7:54:28 PM PST by cherry
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To: cherry

Thanks for asking.
He is doing amazingly great.

Same back to you and your daughter.


143 posted on 12/17/2010 8:34:08 PM PST by Global2010 (Pisces at hospites tribus diebus foetebunt.....)
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To: JD_UTDallas

I’ve got my own place with lots of deer and a 3 acre lake so
living off the land wouldn’t be too hard. Nice thing about
my location is that the deer are corn and clover fed and the
meat is excellent, even for those who don’t have much use
for game. I’d like to try one of the .17 rifles some time.
A friend of mine had one 40 years ago, and it flopped then.
Is the new version the same round?


144 posted on 12/17/2010 8:41:16 PM PST by CrazyIvan (What's "My Struggle" in Kenyan?)
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To: kelly4c
hear ya...know some relatives who live high off the govt....but I don't care....there is nothing better than a great chili or spaghetti or potato soup made in your own little kitchen....

my mother fed we 6 kids and my dad made little money....she made TOMATO gravy and we had it served over toast...it was outrageously good....

she used to make her own pizza dough and all with a little tomato paste and oregano and maybe a little cheese if she had it....

we didn't have steak or lobster or crab but we had hamburger and chicken on Sunday....still the best food I remember in my life....filling,delicious, wanted and appreciated...

145 posted on 12/17/2010 8:51:20 PM PST by cherry
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To: OB1kNOb

I got my Bakers last week...I nearly screamed it was so pretty...big glossy pics it was like looking at an oversized coffee table book....I highly recommend ordering one if you just need to smile......


146 posted on 12/17/2010 8:57:39 PM PST by cherry
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To: Global2010

>I bought some flash frozen local farm birds and they were horrible to eat.<

I wonder if they were spent layers, which tend to be tougher than the cornish cross broilers. The broilers are processed when they’re about 8 weeks so they’re tender.


147 posted on 12/17/2010 9:17:08 PM PST by Darnright (There can never be a complete confidence in a power which is excessive. - Tacitus)
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To: Darnright

Not sure but others at the time concurred ya had to boil them to make them eat able.


148 posted on 12/17/2010 10:13:28 PM PST by Global2010 (Pisces at hospites tribus diebus foetebunt.....)
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To: Mad Dawgg

Should be interesting to hear the excuses for it.


149 posted on 12/18/2010 10:53:56 AM PST by RWB Patriot ("My ability is a value that must be purchased and I don't recognize anyone's need as a claim on me.")
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To: esoxmagnum

all the Perdue ones were 8lbs, so they turn out dry in the inside (I’m not the greatest cook in the world either, mind you).

did you baste the chicken???? ;)

150 posted on 12/18/2010 4:53:55 PM PST by markman46 (engage brain before using keyboard!!!)
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