So the Department of Agriculture, which is part of the U.S. government, reports that food prices have risen 9.8% in the last year.
The BLS, also a U.S. government agency, reports that food prices have risen 1.6% in the last year. I kid you not. Here is the link:
Does this discrepancy seem a bit wide? Have you been in a grocery store in the last year? Do you believe that food prices have risen by 9.8% or by 1.6% versus one year ago?
How can the BLS get away with reporting these lies when the agency responsible for food reports a number 6 times as high?
And those meat prices that have been dropping due to farmers culling their herds to save on feed costs due to the drought – once the supply of livestock has been reduced it takes awhile to replace them. Meat prices will be rising as the year goes on.
Consumers Paying Less for Meat, More for Vegetables
March 27, 2013 by Paul Ausick
The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) today released its preliminary report on March farm prices. The index uses prices from 1990-1992 as its base value (100). The March price index rose 3 points (1.5%) to 202 month-over-month, with the crop index up 2.1% and the livestock index up 1.95. The all-products index rose 9.8% year-over-year in March, to 240.
Farm costs, measured by the prices paid index were unchanged month-over-month at 221, but that’s 3.8% higher than March of 2012. Higher prices for nitrogen fertilizer, feed grains, and other fertilizers and supplements led the prices-paid hike.
Food processors and consumers paid more for feed grains and hay and commercial vegetables in March. The rising cost of feed is at least partially attributable to last summer’s drought and the impact it had on corn and hay crops. Lettuce and tomatoes led the rise in vegetable prices.
Meat prices fell in March, down 1.2% month-over-month and down 4.2% compared with March 2012. Livestock producers have been culling herds in an effort to force prices back up, but the immediate impact of slaughtering more animals is to lower the price.