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Here’s why food prices are so high and what you can do about it – ABC News

Despite a dramatic drop in gasoline prices, food costs are soaring.

By Alexis Christoforous, September 14, 2022, 1:58 PM

In this Aug. 15, 2022, file photo, cartons of eggs are seen for sale in a grocery store in Houston, Texas.
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Americans may be getting some relief at the gas pump, but they are not finding that relief at the grocery store.

Gasoline prices nationwide are down 10.6% from their record high of $5 a gallon in June. According to the American Automobile Association, the national average is now $3.70 for a gallon of regular, but food prices continue to soar.

The August Consumer Price Index found inflation rose 8.3%, down slightly from July’s reading of 8.5%, but still near a 40-year high. Those falling gas prices were more than offset by higher prices for rent, food, health care and electricity.

The Federal Reserve’s series of interest rate hikes designed to beat back high inflation has had little impact on food prices. Economists say that is because a number of factors influence the cost of food, including the geopolitical landscape and weather.

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Italy Dining Guide: Never Do These Things at a Restaurant | Fodor’s Travel

By Molly Fitzpatrick | June 6, 2022

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Food is a hugely important aspect of Italian culture, and eating in the bel paese has its own set of customs. Deviate, if you dare, but you risk being called out online or accosted by a wildly gesturing torch and pitchfork bearing mob (okay, maybe not quite, but you’ll probably be judged, teased, or even refused by your server).

If you come from a country where anything goes, these customs can be a bit puzzling, but in Italy, milk is for breakfast and babies, pineapple is for dessert (not pizza), and pasta shapes are deliberately paired with certain sauces—and that’s just three rules of many! If you want to eat like a local on your trip to Italy—or simply avoid rejection and ridicule—read on.

Source: Italy Dining Guide: Never Do These Things at a Restaurant

Food prices up: Eggs, chicken, fruit more expensive | USA Today

By Jordan Mendoza, USA TODAY, April 13, 2022

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After the United States saw record gas prices last month, consumers can also expect to pay more at the grocery store and dining out as food costs are expected to rise, the U.S. Department of Agriculture predicts.

The USDA’s Food Price Outlook 2022, the agency’s Consumer Price Index for food which measures inflation, is up 7.9% from February 2021, the largest increase since May 1981.

In total, food prices at grocery stores and supermarkets are expected to increase 3%-4% this year after already seeing a 6.8% jump from January 2021.

Restaurant purchases are also 8.6% higher than in February 2021 and are expected to jump by 5.5%-6.5%.

Source: Food prices up: Eggs, chicken, fruit more expensive

Food prices are going up — and at levels Americans haven’t seen in decades : Your Money | NPR

By Vanessa Romo, March 31, 20225:18 PM ET

“All food prices are now predicted to increase between 4.5 and 5.5%,” the USDA’s Economic Research Service explained in the March report.
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The United States Department of Agriculture released an update to its Food Price Outlook for 2022 and found that nearly everything one might ingest – whether it comes from the grocery store or restaurant – is going up in price.

And yes, that’s on top of the price increases consumers have already been forced to endure in the last year.

“All food prices are now predicted to increase between 4.5 and 5.5%,” the USDA’s Economic Research Service explained in the March report.

Source: Food prices are going up — and at levels Americans haven’t seen in decades : NPR

Maine passes nation’s 1st ‘right to food’ amendment | AP News

By PATRICK WHITTLE, Nov 3rd, 2021

FILE- Chickens follow Heather Retberg at her family’s farm, Sept. 17, 2021, in Penobscot, Maine. On Tuesday, Nov. 2, 2021, Maine voters will decide whether to pass the nation’s first “right to food” constitutional amendment. (AP Photo/Robert F. Bukaty, File)

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Maine voters passed the nation’s first “right to food” constitutional amendment on Tuesday.

A statewide referendum asked voters if they favored an amendment to the Maine Constitution “to declare that all individuals have a natural, inherent and unalienable right to grow, raise, harvest, produce and consume the food of their own choosing for their own nourishment, sustenance, bodily health and well-being.”

It was an experiment not tried before by any state.

Source: Maine passes nation’s 1st ‘right to food’ amendment