Which Foods Will Be More Expensive In 2014?

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philharris Phil Harris 6am-10am
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It would seem that we’ve had plenty of rain, snow, and ice in the Carolinas this winter but severe drought in the western United States, as well as in South America and Asia is driving up the cost of food. The U.S. Department of Agriculture is predicting that food prices will rise by as much as 3.5% this year.

Ongoing dry conditions in California and Texas are driving up the cost of meat and dairy products. California’s drought is also inflating prices for many fruits and vegetables. Arid weather in Southeast Asia has affected cooking oil prices. And perhaps worst of all, the drought in Brazil is jacking up the price of coffee!

In light of this news, you may to pay closer attention to the sales at your favorite supermarket, clip more coupons, or perhaps begin shopping at some of the area’s no-frills grocery stores. And the rising cost of produce is motivation enough to start your own food garden. If only we could grow coffee beans in Mecklenburg County.

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(Photo by Andreas Rentz/Getty Images)

-Phil Harris
Do something good today.

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