Analyzing rising food prices
'The Takeaway' looks at the food chain and how rising prices affect farmers, distributors and consumers.
Global food prices have risen dramatically in the past year — 57 percent, according to the United Nations' Food Price Index. That's particularly troubling for the global poor, who already spend most of their income on food. That may be hard for Americans to contemplate, but the same food pressures are being felt here, and the evidence is the price of your favorite foods in the grocery store aisles.
The upward trend in food prices means low-income households and those on a tighter budget have fewer options. Some food prices have gone up spectacularly, like eggs, which have gone up 30%.
The biggest factor is the higher cost of fuel, which increases commody costs. 'The Takeaway' looks at the food chain and how rising prices affect farmers, distributors and consumers.
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