Skyrocketing Food Prices this Thanksgiving May Only Be the Beginning

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Solutions From Science releases a book to help teach Americans how to prepare for the rising food prices around the holiday season and throughout the year.

“The news may occasionally look grim, but there is a lot that families can do to hedge against rising food prices,” says Heid.

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The price of a Thanksgiving dinner is up 13.2% since 2011 alone, ( thanks to the increased price of grain all over the world. But this jump in the cost of grain doesn’t just affect your Thanksgiving bread; it affects the price of the turkeys and milk produced by cows that were also fed with that very same grain.

Poor weather conditions this year have diminished harvests all over the world. “Unfortunately,” warns Solutions From Science President Bill Heid, “this could only be the beginning of increasing pressure on food supply and higher prices all over the world, including in America.” Heid is the author of Rising Prices, Empty Shelves, a book which tracks food shortages and famine trends throughout history and has isolated the “shortage signals” that have given reliable warning signs of impending famine throughout history.

The book also details many threats to the food supply that are uniquely modern, such as the prevalence of GMOs, runaway government policies, the prevalence of agribusiness poisons, the just-in-time food delivery system and the death of the family farm.

The just-in-time food delivery system ensures that most stores have just a 3 day supply of food for the area they serve at any given time, leaving local food supplies vulnerable to the slightest disruptions. Consumers who have lived through major hurricanes and snowstorms are already familiar with the sight of empty store shelves as a result. Food shelves were empty in Staten Island, for example, even after Hurricane Sandy had passed (see

While Americans have typically felt secure in the knowledge that they might never face a famine, prices at the supermarket this holiday season hint that America isn’t quite as safe from supply and demand food equations as we think. The book also provides practical solutions for Americans who are interested in protecting themselves without straining the family budget. “The news may occasionally look grim, but there is a lot that families can do to hedge against rising food prices,” says Heid.

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