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Apr 21, 2014 07:25 AM

Fasten your seatelts...

It's going to be a bumpy ride. Food prices will continue to rise. California's drought and on-going water crisis are big factors; the state produces about half our produce: "That could have "large and lasting effects on fruit, vegetable, dairy and egg prices," according to a recent USDA report, which said the full impact has yet to be felt.

Smaller cattle herds have forced meat prices higher in March—up more than 5 percent from a year ago, as demand remained strong despite tightener supplies. Ranchers are getting higher prices for cattle and food companies are able to pass them along."

Good charts here, especially one showing the impact of food prices throughout the country. Some regions are hit harder than others, with Portland and St. Louis experiencing the greatest increases:

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  1. It is good to be in the Sunshine State. Having seen these cycles before, I will simply adjust my purchases to reflect my budget.

    Looks like more cheap seafood in my diet. Pork may become a treat.

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      since the world's fisheries are being depleted, there may not be much "cheap seafood" available.

    2. i wonder why portland and not seattle?