Food Prices Set To Rise
August 14, 2012 by Sam Rolley
The drought conditions that many Americans have endured this summer could lead the governments of the United States, France and Mexico to enter talks about ways to bring down the rising global cost of corn and grain.
At the end of the month, the three countries will decide if it is necessary to convene the first meeting of the newly created G-20 Rapid Response Forum, which leaders claim was formed to promote united action.
The price of corn jumped to an all-time high after the U.S. Department of Agriculture cut its production estimate by 17 percent over the weekend. According to a report from the USDA, the corn harvest in the United States will drop 11 percent from last year, with yields 23 percent lower than average.
On Monday, corn and other crop prices eased, but analyst expect prices to remain higher than average. According to the USDA, Americans will feel the effects of the higher prices when they purchase beef, pork, poultry and dairy products almost immediately and into 2013.
President Barack Obama said in a recent address that the United States needs to take an “all hands on deck” approach to helping farmers hurt by the drought. He also urged Congress to pass a farm bill “that makes necessary reforms while helping farmers and ranchers respond to these types of natural disasters and providing the certainty they deserve.”
Some people believe that rising food prices due to the drought could spark global unrest.