Rising food prices in the US

By now, I’m sure you’ve heard about the rising cost of rice and wheat around the world, and maybe you’ve noticed some of the price increases where you are from. Here’s a snapshot from my neck of the woods (Michigan, USA):

At the end of March, almost 1 month ago today, I bought some wheat, beans, rice, and such in bulk from a local organic farm. I went to their web site today and priced out the same order at today’s prices…and the total bill had gone up 19%. Imported beans were up the most; local beans and corn increased the least. Wheat and flour was up 14%, 19%, 33%, or 66%, depending on the type. (Soft white wheat went from $16 for 50lb to $26 for 50lb.

Please, folks, as you’re thinking about your household budget, keep in mind that these figures are real and you’re going to have to take them into account. Check in with your finances and be sure you’re really spending your money according to what you value – it’s not going to go as far as it used to so wise spending is ever-more important. It’s a great time to scale back and learn to love beans instead of beef.

And I really hope we quit raising corn to feed to cars and go back to raising food for people.



  1. Derrick said,

    April 28, 2008 at 3:15 pm

    Yeah, it hurts.
    The rising gas prices, the rising food prices, the falling dollar.

    Odd how my salary hasn’t changed.

  2. Starr said,

    April 28, 2008 at 3:48 pm

    Not too mention raising corn to feed cows as well. 🙂

  3. TeacherPatti said,

    April 29, 2008 at 3:44 pm

    If you don’t mind my asking, what local farm did you get that stuff from? Please email me privately if you don’t want to say. I just got a 25lb bag of flour from Westwind Milling for $23. If you want/need any, please let me know!!

    PS: My food unit is going wonderfully! The kids are loving it 🙂

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