Midwest flooding will hike food prices

The images on TV are dramatic and painful to watch, with houses piling up behind bridges as flood waters continue to rampage through much of the Midwest. Ag experts anticipate massive distruction to the nation’s corn supply as well as concerns about the area’s huge livestock operations.

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Good food? Grow it or buy it locally

According to the Market Free News, earlier this year economic students at Seattle University tallied prices over a two-week period at two groceries � Whole Foods and QVC � and at the farmers market in Seattle’s University District. To the surprise of many, the prices for the locally produced produces from the farmers cost less than at the two chain stories. For example, a pound of fruits and veggies at the farmers market was $2.37, at Whole Foods $2.59 and at QVC, $2.97.

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How much of your food is GMO?

Monsanto, which has a chokehold on the world’s use of genetically modified seeds, is now using its extensive network of lawyers and lobbyists to pressure state agriculture agencies not to allow milk producers to label dairy products as not coming from cows fed with GM food or bovine growth hormone.

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State auditors watch to keep food safe

But the state Ag inspectors are doing their best to see that the crops are free of E. coli, Listeria, salmonella and other food-borne illnesses that sickened so many. The massive media coverage on food recalls often damage or destroy the businesses of many mom and pop farmers, even some whose crops were not contaminated but were swept up in the public angst.

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Can we afford to eat organic food?

The internal medicine specialist reported that the federal government says April’s food prices were 14 percent higher for bread, 13.5 percent higher for milk, and 5 percent higher for food overall compared with last year’s prices and last month’s food cost increase was the largest in the past 18 years. Is organic food woth the price?

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Massive farms harm health, environment

A 2 1/2 -year analysis by the Pew Charitable Trusts and Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health document how and why industrial scale farm animal production poses unacceptable risks to public health and the environment.

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