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Food prices soar as incomes stand still

Food prices soar as incomes stand still

By Michelle Miller/CBS News/February 15, 2014, 8:02 PM

NEW YORK - Writer Jen Singer, the mother of two teenage boys, wrestles with her grocery list every week to keep the household budget from getting away from her.

"I'd like the government to stop by my house, come food shopping with me and see where the real costs are," she said.

The adage "An apple a day keeps the doctor away" is impossible thanks to apple prices, she said.

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As usual, there are a number of factors.

Income in not increasing for the average person because government passes laws that rig the economy in favor of the few at the expense of the many, giving a disproportionate share to the aristocracy. Examples are the Federal Reserve Act and the Pure Food and Drug Act, each of which create respective privilege for bankers and those in the medical and drug industry which in turn gives monopoly prices, stifled competition, and economic disadvantage to everyone else. This collusion (economic fascism) of government, corporations, wealthy individuals and special interest is rampant.

Income is not increasing because we are experiencing exponential increases in the amount of energy that is being used up to find more energy, leaving less and less each year out of each unit of energy produced to fuel the industrial age. We are at the point where we don't have enough energy left, after these ever increasing expenditures, to allow the economy to continue expanding. Since we can't increase production fast enough to compensate for the increased cost, we simply on average can't afford luxuries, advanced health care, and higher education, and are reduced to barely affording the basics like food and shelter. This will only get worse as older cheaper deposits of energy are depleted, leaving only very expensive sources like deep water wells and tight oil (fracking) for example.

Of course weather has an influence on food production, as do natural cycles in agricultural production. But we long ago were forced to resort to less adequate sources of nutrition as the population outstripped the ability of this planet to provide us high quality nutrition. Inability to afford quality food is a major factor in disease. Why do you think most of the world's population eats poor quality food like grains and sugars?

We are already in or entering the steep part of the hockey stick exponential growth curves for important factors like federal debt, energy acquisition cost, world population, and government regulation (repression). All exponential growth curves fail because they must approach infinity to continue. My sympathies to those who are young enough to be forced to live your lives through this unfolding disaster.

"Bend over and grab your ankles" should be etched in stone at the entrance to every government building and every government office.

All that meat and bacon will make you sick

if bought in the grocery store. Even the apple is loaded with pesticides you can't wash off.

Inflation rips you off with pour quality food, so you'll need obamacare to heal yourself of cancer the food caused.

It's a tag team effort between Big AG, Big PHARMA, and Big SAM, too keep the 99% slave to the 1%.

Get off the GMO express and save your life!

Gold standard: because man can not be trusted to control his greed

That's just republican meat, milk and eggs.

Democrat food is still affordable under Obama. That explains the difference in numbers.

There is nothing strange about having a bar of soap in your right pocket, it's just what's happening.

What do democrats eat?

What do democrats eat? I'm guessing it's the same thing that food eats.

Democrats keenly understand the producers

Food is generated in supermarkets in cans and boxes. That's where it comes from. They got these machines in back. That's what all the noise is about back there.

There is nothing strange about having a bar of soap in your right pocket, it's just what's happening.

Ha! that's right.

If you're going to eat meat you should buy it at a grocery store where it's made instead of killing defenseless animals. LOL. I remember reading some newspaper classified from California scorning hunters with some wording similar to that. Wow. Just wow. Thanks for the chuckle.