(Closed) Rising Food Prices?

posted 5 years ago in Cooking
Post # 3
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

Yes! My husband and I have been saying this for a month or so. (Although I am from the UK)

Post # 4
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: December 2012

Groceries (as well as Household, and Health & Beauty) have been gradually rising here in Eastern Ontario for awhile.  I’d guesstimate we are up at least 15% over last year.

 

Post # 5
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

I have noticed this, but now you make me want to actually track things to see how much more the prices have gone up!

Post # 7
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: December 2012

Yes, this is happening.  AND the sizes of items are also being reduced.  The largest jar of peanut butter at the grocery six months ago was somewhere between 4-8 oz larger than the largest jar now.  I vaguely remember noticing this for other things, but peanut butter was the most noticeable.

Don’t forget to utilize your freezer.  You can freeze a lot of things that you hadn’t planned on and thaw them out later, so you can buy large quantities when things are on sale or two-for-one prices and then freeze the extra for later use.

ETA: You can totally cook like this now.  Just start small by tweaking recipies to fit your individual tastes.  Darling Husband really loves when I try new recipies because then I start getting him to come in an help select spices or add-ins.  There are also websites that have complementing spices grouped together or the different component pieces of a casserole in a chart.  Also, check Allrecipes in the comment sections for some of the four and five star recipies.  You can get a good idea of things to throw together by reading what other people did to tweak it to their tastes.

Post # 8
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

Rising fuel prices are pushing up delivery costs. Major droughts around the globe last year pushed up the price of most (all?) major crops. Consumers are just now beginning to feel that uptick in cost in the grocery stores. Hopefully, prices will go back down by the end of the calendar year. Boo.

Post # 9
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

This time of year, prices do tend to creep up, as (at least in the US) the gasoline manufacturers have returned their fuel mix to their spring/summer/fall mix, rather than their winter mix. The winter mix has little to no ethanol, but the rest of the year there is about 15% ethanol in your gas. Ethanol, at least in the US, is made from corn. So some of our food supply is being diverted to our fuel supply, in an attempt to keep fuel prices down. And since the vast majority of our food supply in the US is either corn, made from corn, or eats corn, this translates into higher food prices across the board.

Of course there is not a price shift the very same day the fuel mix changes, and certain foods such as cows and pigs take more than a few months eating corn to be ready to go to market, but for corn-based non-meat items (like anything containing corn syrup, which is pretty much anything that isn’t a raw veggie/fruit/meat), dairy and poultry, it’s a pretty quick effect.

FWIW I think it’s quite stupid that we have diverted so much of our food supply to fuel. Not only are there far better ways to control fuel costs (starting with driving fuel-efficient cars and not the ridiculous SUV’s we Americans think we can;t live without, and improving public transportation), not everyone takes advantage of the lower fuel prices because not everyone drives, and the fuel companies are not passing the savings along to the consumer. Plus, the production costs of ethanol mean the savings we get from controlled fuel costs are not as great as the rise in costs of our food.  Oh and because the US supplies corn to countries around the world, they’re seeing higher food costs too but not getting any benefit in their fuel costs.

Just my 2 cents. Go  sell your SUV and buy some solar panels and a bicycle.

 

Post # 10
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2014

@fishbone:  Converting corn into fuel only gives you a 6% energy return (as of my biochem of fuels professor 2 years ago), not very effcient. However we mass overproduce corn because of the government subsidy, so I don’t think it’s actually taking that much away from the food supply. (btw I agree that making fuel compete with the food supply is dumb, I’m actually working on a way to produce fuel from non-food biomass right now)

I think what’s really impacting our food prices is the awful drought that we had throughout the midwest last year. There were a lot of crop failures which translates to shortages not only for us, but also our livestock. I know a lot of pigs had to be butchered early because it wasn’t cost effective to keep feeding them until the normal time which is now leading to a pork shortage.

Post # 11
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

A actually the US produces about 40% of the world’s corn (partially due to those subsidies) and it’s estimated that 40% of that is now going to ethanol, with the number going up each year as the government increases the minimum mandated production and alternate sources from which to make ethanol haven’t developed. At one point they were trying to use wood pulp, and it’s too costly to import sugar cane in that quantity. If you take 40% of the biggest food source away, that is a very noticeable impact. I’m not good at math— it’s about 16% of the overall wold corn Production. Factor in the drought and it’s making it very expensive to live!

 

Post # 12
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Blushing bee

The corn that America produces is not really coming out of our own food production. It is is engineered to have a higher startch content, so really it tastes like butt. I am glad food prices are rising, because we are too dependant on companies for our own food. People need to get back to basics and grow their own food again so we can be in charge of our own food security.

Post # 13
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: December 2012

TO @MsAmandaAnn: Re – Reply # 4

Lol, I didn’t go that far… I just sort of know the Ballpark Numbers we were spending for things a year ago per month, and what we are spending now.  We shop aprox every 7 to 10 Days, so 3 or 4 times a month.  And hit the Drugstore & Household Store (aka Cdn Tire) 1 to 2 times a month.

My Drugstore & Household items (Health, Beauty, Cleaning Products, etc) has been close to steady… maybe just a 5% jump at most… BUT my regular items at the Grocery Store have gone up maybe 20% (so an overall average of 15%).

Where a year ago we were spending $ 600 / month on Groceries and $ 50 a month on the other stuff… it now looks more like $ 700+ and a tad over $ 50 now.

As the other Bees have said, hopefully things will “calm down” soon as we go into Summer and the prime growing season

(Food items in Canada tend to be at their most expensive February, March & April)

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TO @fishbone:  & @Eckle: – lol, “food for thought”… but sorry I have to agree with  @beemo: (Reply # 11) on this one, when it comes to Corn (the primary source for Ethanol) it is a HUGE crop that typically grows more than we need.

AND there is a BIG difference between Corn that Humans eat (corn on the cob, niblets etc) which is SWEET CORN and Corn that is grown for commercial purposes… FIELD CORN (aka when I was a kid, the distinction was made by calling this one more commonly COW CORN… because well that was its primary purpose… livestock feed).  

Truth is… Cow Corn is not something you’d ever want to eat !! 

But it is used for Animal Feed, as well as the production of things like Corn Starch, Sweetners (Fructose Corn Syrup) and Ethanol Alcohol… but also found in common products like Cosmetics, Drugs, Batteries, Rubber, Crayons, Soaps, Aborbents (ie like in Disposible Paper Produts like Diapers), Biodegradeable Plastics, Beverages, Food Additives and Food Supplements to name but a small handful.

So ya Corn is a very important NA Crop… and there is no shortage… and growing corn doesn’t take away from farmers growing any other crops, as it tends to be a very low maintenace crop as well.  Plant in the early spring… harvest in the very very late fall.

It is a CASH Crop for NA Farmers in a very very real way.

Hope this helps,

 

Post # 14
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2014

@This Time Round:  In AB we are spending over $100 more per month than we did last year!! So that’s over 20% on groceries alone. 

 

Post # 15
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Newbee
  • Wedding: October 2013

@CMSnails:  a bit of a sidebar. But when I started learning to cook, and ended up with leftover groceries, I would go to epicurious.com and type all the things I had into the search bar. It would pull up recipes using those ingredients. it helped me not waste anything.

Post # 16
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

We noticed the baguette sammies at Fred Meyer went up from $4 to $4.50 ><

 

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