Drought Driving Up Food Prices


0  Updated at 6:15 am, March 18th, 2014 By: ABC Digital
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Danilin/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — If you’ve been food shopping lately, you may have noticed that your grocery bill has gotten higher.

It’s not just you — as the Wall Street Journal reports, drought has been driving up the cost of food items like meat, vegetables and coffee.

And the situation may get worse. Some forecasters say the prices could go up as much as 3.5 percent this year. That would be the largest increase in the cost of food since 2011.

The hike is the result of years of drought in places like Texas and California, which is hurting crops and making livestock feed more expensive.

Drought is also affecting coffee production in Brazil.

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