Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Texas Tech professor predicts rising food prices

For the daily post about food, I'm passing along distressing news from Callie Jones of Texas Tech that I included in last week's Overnight News Digest: Science Saturday (Hurricane season arrives): Texas Tech Professor: Food Prices Could Continue to Rise Through Summer
Mindy Brashears appeared on “Lou Dobbs Tonight” to discuss current food supply issues.

Americans typically spend a relatively small amount of their disposable income on food, but that trend likely will change this summer, a Texas Tech University food expert told FOX Business on Tuesday night.

Appearing on “Lou Dobbs Tonight,” Mindy Brashears, professor of food microbiology and food safety, and director of the International Center for Food Industry Excellence, said that Americans should expect food prices to rise because of the current drought and other issues.

In the last year, the U.S. pork supply has decreased by about 10 percent due to the Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea virus (PEDv). Meanwhile, the drought in California continues to drive up prices on beef, vegetables and fruit. Over the weekend, nearly 2 million pounds of ground beef were recalled by a Michigan packing plant.
The video doesn't seem to embed, but it can be watched here.

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