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Food Prices Rising
Food prices are expected to rise 3-4% next year due to the drought, a higher increase than usual.  Note that the government has been cutting funds for food stamps, too.

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siege From: siege Date: August 1st, 2012 07:47 pm (UTC) (Link)
I'm actually surprised it's not 6 or 7%, but that is likely to come, what with a potential mega-drought affecting already weakened trees in the US Southwest. From forest to scrubland and chapparal.
ysabetwordsmith From: ysabetwordsmith Date: August 1st, 2012 08:44 pm (UTC) (Link)


Just assume they're underestimating the damage to avoid scaring people, and add half again to double the amount, and you'll be in the right ballpark. The government consistently underestimates initial damage estimates, so once you know that, you can compensate.

As for trees, I expect California will lose a lot of its almond and olive trees, which are already in very marginal areas having trouble with enough irrigation to survive.
ravan From: ravan Date: August 2nd, 2012 01:06 am (UTC) (Link)
Ah, the convergence of "compassionate" conservatism and the "myth" of climate change. Climate change is real, conservatism isn't compassionate.
ysabetwordsmith From: ysabetwordsmith Date: August 2nd, 2012 01:21 am (UTC) (Link)


Conservatives and conservatism can be compassionate. It's just that the really noisy ones right now are all "Devil take the hindmost." People who really want small government will develop non-governmental ways to get all the needs met so that government just does the things that only government can do, and doesn't have to engage in buck-stops-here measures. Compassionate conservatism is things like, "We feel that abortion is wrong, so we want to make sure no woman has one because it's all she can afford. So we made this charity to take care of pregnant women's needs, so they can afford to carry the baby and then put it up for adoption." Not very popular right now, but it does exist.
cissa From: cissa Date: August 2nd, 2012 03:23 am (UTC) (Link)
I do a lot of cooking, and honestly- 3%/year does NOT reflect the actual increases in basic foodstuffs. I'd guess more like 10%/year, if I had to guess. Food has increased in price hugely over the past several years, and the accounts of it are simply not accurate if one is buying mainly low-processed stuff; that's increased in price MUCH more than, say Kraft Mac&Chz.
ysabetwordsmith From: ysabetwordsmith Date: August 2nd, 2012 04:16 am (UTC) (Link)


My observations are closer to yours than to the government's. Also I note that staple foods seem especially inclined to rise faster than other foods; things like milk, eggs, butter, bread, cheese, flour, cornmeal, cooking oil. The stuff you either eat whole or use as main ingredients to make recipes. That makes it a lot harder to eat a healthy diet, when those prices rise.

And of course, wages are stagnant or dropping even for people who have jobs, and the government has thoughtfully cut food assistance programs because I guess it thinks people don't need to eat.
fayanora From: fayanora Date: August 4th, 2012 02:48 am (UTC) (Link)
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