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What Food Inflation?

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Oh, this food inflation.

Incidentally, the last time food prices spiked by this much in one month, the resulting Arab Spring wave of revolutions tumbled governments across north Africa and the middle east.

Keep a close eye on those who are not exactly participating in the global central bank cartel's "wealth transfer effect" , and suddenly find they can't afford food again.

Source: BLS


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Wed, 05/14/2014 - 09:19 | 4758448 ATM
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Shit hits the fan when people are hungry.

Wed, 05/14/2014 - 09:21 | 4758455 svayambhu108
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Shit is scarce when people are hungry.

Wed, 05/14/2014 - 09:25 | 4758481 ilion
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I have only this to say about food inflation: 

Wed, 05/14/2014 - 09:34 | 4758528 zaphod42
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Now you have a better reason than Spahn and Sain to pray for rain?


Wed, 05/14/2014 - 09:59 | 4758662 HelluvaEngineer
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Isn't there supposed to be an "Operation American Spring" in a few days?  Hmmmm...

Wed, 05/14/2014 - 10:02 | 4758688 whotookmyalias
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My wife finally noticed that a half gallon of orange juice is not a half gallon anymore.  Just one of many hidden price increases.

Wed, 05/14/2014 - 10:15 | 4758766 Boris Alatovkrap
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State is increase Chocolate ration from 5g per day to 20g per week. Much is happiness.

Wed, 05/14/2014 - 11:35 | 4759148 laomei
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But sometime chocolate is not only chocolate

Wed, 05/14/2014 - 10:16 | 4758755 Boris Alatovkrap
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Do not defecate near high velocity rotational air pressure gradient generator.

Wed, 05/14/2014 - 11:17 | 4759049 davidalan1
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a.k.a.  he wont be de-turd (sp)

Wed, 05/14/2014 - 10:18 | 4758782 gtb
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Thanks for the obscure reference...brings back great memories of my father.

Wed, 05/14/2014 - 10:50 | 4758941 zaphod42
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I'm from Milwaukee and I oughtta know...


Wed, 05/14/2014 - 11:22 | 4759072 anarcholeptic
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I'll eat that...

Wed, 05/14/2014 - 09:32 | 4758514 FieldingMellish
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Defecake. The new name in snack foods. (repeated from an earlier story)

Wed, 05/14/2014 - 10:30 | 4758834 Dixie Rect
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Life is like a shit sandwich...The more bread you have, the less shit you have to eat.

Wed, 05/14/2014 - 11:19 | 4759056 detached.amusement
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lol.  you eat the same amount of shit, regardless of whether it is a smaller percentage of your total intake.

Wed, 05/14/2014 - 09:21 | 4758456 Cocomaan
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Or doesn't, as the case may be with starvation.

Wed, 05/14/2014 - 09:43 | 4758575 marchare
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Growing your own food is like printing your own money.

Wed, 05/14/2014 - 09:53 | 4758637 HobbyFarmer
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tax free investment!  costs some time and sweat equity....but the quality is the best.

Wed, 05/14/2014 - 10:19 | 4758786 Boris Alatovkrap
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Boris is recommend as not to store home growing food in same refrigeration unit as home enrich radioactive isotope.

Wed, 05/14/2014 - 10:49 | 4758934 New Ordnance
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Fukashima-Free Painted Mountain Corn Seed:

Wed, 05/14/2014 - 10:50 | 4758937 New Ordnance
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Fukashima-Free Painted Mountain Corn Seed:

Wed, 05/14/2014 - 10:52 | 4758949 New Ordnance
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Sorry for the double - fat finger.

Wed, 05/14/2014 - 11:08 | 4759007 Silver Exterior
Wed, 05/14/2014 - 09:22 | 4758463 Grande Tetons
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Yep. Seems to be the wake up pill for the sheep. 

What happened? Bahhhhh. 

Wed, 05/14/2014 - 10:44 | 4758901 intric8
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Could you spare me some of your mamas milk?

There arent as many noodles in my instant ramen as there was before. and i thought my eating predicament was bad enough as it is.

Wed, 05/14/2014 - 09:27 | 4758490 Sudden Debt
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people go to McDonalds when they're hungry...

and than their shit hits the fan.


Wed, 05/14/2014 - 10:24 | 4758807 w1LE.e
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Your body is torn through

whithered in every place

Wed, 05/14/2014 - 10:39 | 4758875 j0nx
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Yeah but all these price increases are from sick animals and climate change don't you know. I'm sure that massive dollar devaluation has NOTHINGGGG to do with this at all...

Wed, 05/14/2014 - 12:09 | 4759318 El Vaquero
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It's going to be a triple whammy here.  Much of that QE money hasn't leaked out yet, you have drought that has been and will be affecting food supplies, and expensive oil means expensive food.  We're so fucked.

Wed, 05/14/2014 - 09:20 | 4758450 diogeneslaertius
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BLS = cookbook of the month club

Wed, 05/14/2014 - 09:21 | 4758453 CaptainSpaulding
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Boars head turkey. On sale for $5.99. Its all good

Wed, 05/14/2014 - 09:24 | 4758472 Bosch
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I won't eat anything else, but god damn $10/pound of turkey? My memory might be off but that has to have doubled from like $4.99/pound in the last 5 years. 

Wed, 05/14/2014 - 09:27 | 4758488 CaptainSpaulding
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Boars head products are a bit pricy, But they are good. The oven gold turkey is outstanding

Wed, 05/14/2014 - 10:02 | 4758687 dontgoforit
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Gotta' buy the sales.  We paid $0.69/lb for whole turkeys last time we bought - got 3 and froze 2; just finished off the last one last week.  Push comes to shove, we've got game all around and our sights are zeroed.

Wed, 05/14/2014 - 10:43 | 4758907 j0nx
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Yeah well that game will last about a week when SHTF. If you're lucky. I suggest reading one second after for a look at how long wild game will last and this is in a rural NC area. What wild game there is will last about 30 minutes in a suburban area when SHTF. Even squirrels will disappear overnight.

Wed, 05/14/2014 - 12:01 | 4759274 InflammatoryResponse
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yes if that book doesn't pucker you up nothing will.




that is.


Wed, 05/14/2014 - 12:55 | 4759543 dontgoforit
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Haven't read it, but I've heard about it.  After the rabbits are gone, there's always slugs and grasshoppers.

Wed, 05/14/2014 - 09:22 | 4758457 FightingtheFed
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Inflation - Wall Streets most insidious tax!

We have to raise the minimum wage in order to help the folks says the connected...  (As long as we can preserve our margins..)

Never do they say we have to look under the hood of this diabolical, peverse, and unconstitutional institution otherwise known as the Federal Reserve...

Wed, 05/14/2014 - 09:22 | 4758462 Dr. Engali
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What inflation? I'm paying the same price for my 12oz bag of coffee that I paid for my 16oz bag last year. There is no inflation. More propaganda trying to make our benevolent loving government look bad. You do know everything they do is for the children don't you?

Wed, 05/14/2014 - 09:24 | 4758473 zaphod42
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"You do know everything they do is for the children don't you?"

It's part of the, "No child left, behind" program.


Wed, 05/14/2014 - 09:34 | 4758526 economics9698
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Wed, 05/14/2014 - 10:03 | 4758699 dontgoforit
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Too true, Doc.  Those 16 oz cans are coming up 15 oz more and more - what's that, 6.25%?  Downsizing. 

Wed, 05/14/2014 - 09:24 | 4758474 Grande Tetons
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Even if these bullshit numbers come in at a realized annual rate of 20 plus percent....people gottah start waking the fuck 

Wed, 05/14/2014 - 09:26 | 4758484 fonzannoon
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wkate th fuck up? Maybe. But what are they going to do about it?

Wed, 05/14/2014 - 09:28 | 4758494 Grande Tetons
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...apparently stumble into a ditch and take a dirt nap. 

Wed, 05/14/2014 - 09:34 | 4758521 fonzannoon
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I am talking to our old friend from this site right now. He is considering shorting commodities here.

Without wage inflation we just keep smashing our heads into the same wall. The amazing thing to me is if the stock market manages to grind higher with the consumer eating itself alive and the fed withdrawing liquidity. I mean the earnings have exposed a lot of the rot, and no one gives a shit. Amazing.

Wed, 05/14/2014 - 09:36 | 4758542 Grande Tetons
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Interesting take on that short. The guy is fucking bright..I will have to give that the thought it desrves. Pass on my regards to him. 

Wed, 05/14/2014 - 09:40 | 4758558 fonzannoon
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will do. I don't know where this goes but Iam pretty sure it is just a matter of minutes until we see a thread on here comparing gold/food prices in 2011 to gold/food prices today. I just think things are so bad now that the commodity inflation can't sustain itself without wages going up. So I tend to agree with him. Although the drought stuff may throw a curve ball to it all.

Wed, 05/14/2014 - 10:32 | 4758743 Dr. Engali
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There may not be wage inflation, but there is plenty of people inflation, and they all want what we have.... You know stuff like food and energy. Scarcity is a bitch. 

Wed, 05/14/2014 - 12:34 | 4759438 GoinFawr
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What People Inflation?

Wed, 05/14/2014 - 10:52 | 4758947 j0nx
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There is no drought. There is no Cow and Pig virus. There is no climate change. There is only dollar devaluation to blame for these price increases. All the other excuses are bullshit that they force the MSM to parrot in order to keep the plebs unaware.

Wed, 05/14/2014 - 11:21 | 4759066 viahj
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...not sure if serious...

it most certainly is a bleak combination of drought, plague, irradiation and devaluation.

Wed, 05/14/2014 - 20:43 | 4761213 A Nanny Moose
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4 Horsemen...

Wed, 05/14/2014 - 09:32 | 4758520 Dr. Richard Head
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One would think, but the nature of price increases and the printting maching that creates it is not yet undersstood by the masses.

"By a continuing process of inflation, governments can confiscate, secretly and unobserved, an important part of the wealth of their citizens. There is no subtler, no surer means of overturning the existing basis of society than to debauch the currency. The process engages all the hidden forces of economic law on the side of destruction, and does it in a manner which not one man in a million is able to diagnose." Keynes

My favorite is from Henry Ford, "It is well enought that people of the nation do not understand our banking and monetary system, for it they did, I believe there would a be a revolution before tomorrow morning."



Wed, 05/14/2014 - 14:33 | 4759916 Panafrican Funk...
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Shorting commodities would be very very risky at this point, your friend is basing an investing decision on a fundamental (wage stagnation) that has very little to do with the futures price of, say, corn.  Just do a simple correlation analysis, it doesn't even come close to adding up.  Supply/demand of the actual product has some influence, but so does the supply/demand of the currency in which the product is being transacted.

Wed, 05/14/2014 - 13:50 | 4759752 PTR
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Even if these bullshit numbers come in at a realized annual rate of 20 plus percent....people gottah start waking the fuck 

Not until it hits Readers Digest.  By then, though, it's already baked in the cake.  Half cake.  Quarter cake.  4-pack of minis. (I can't get strikethrough to stick for the life of me.)

Wed, 05/14/2014 - 09:25 | 4758477 semperfi
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Wed, 05/14/2014 - 09:25 | 4758478 philosophers bone
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Reduction in the powdered "cheese" package in KD sets off revolution?

Wed, 05/14/2014 - 09:28 | 4758493 Atomizer
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You're telling us a gallon of milk & beef has remained stable since last year?

Wed, 05/14/2014 - 09:48 | 4758607 krispkritter
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They're even messing with the dog food.  Same size bag, now 48 lbs., not 50, since last month.  Same price but still 20% higher than last year.  I'm going to start shooting hogs just to feed to my dog...

Wed, 05/14/2014 - 11:29 | 4759114 Cathartes Aura
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they mess with the ingredients first, sourcing lesser quality, more filler. . . this has been ongoing for years.

vets profit - same system for the "human pets". . .

Wed, 05/14/2014 - 13:28 | 4759668 GoinFawr
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Yeah,  since when did 'modified corn starch' become the main ingredient in Horseradish? Mustard? Yoghurt? etc etc

Wed, 05/14/2014 - 09:53 | 4758642 Dr. Engali
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Are you sure that's milk you are drinking, or beef that you are eating?

Wed, 05/14/2014 - 10:26 | 4758818 Atomizer
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You can get a food cost lecture from my wife, she knows. I give her credit, she has purchasing food down to a science. For example; Saturday morning, we hit the seafood market docks. All freshly caught fish. No middleman.

Wed, 05/14/2014 - 09:35 | 4758535 Zadok
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Engali, don't forget 'conspiracy theory'

Wed, 05/14/2014 - 09:36 | 4758540 Agent P
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Yes, but just like laundry soap, I'm sure that coffee is now 2x stronger, so you're coming out ahead.



Wed, 05/14/2014 - 09:40 | 4758561 FredFlintstone
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Starbucks is at least twice as strong

Wed, 05/14/2014 - 10:29 | 4758829 BlindMonkey
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Starbucks.  The crematorium of coffee.

Wed, 05/14/2014 - 11:27 | 4759103 detached.amusement
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for some reason I like the extra roastyness.  since I dont have a wife to slap me when I wake up, I have my coffee do the job.

Wed, 05/14/2014 - 14:00 | 4759794 PTR
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As is Dunkin' Donut's for donuts.  Not worthy of the name.



Wed, 05/14/2014 - 09:48 | 4758612 oklaboy
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Dr. E did you check out the walmart swicheroo...coffe was packed 39.9 ouces, and they shifted to 33.3, and of course the same price. Musta been the container....

Wed, 05/14/2014 - 12:00 | 4759273 Overfed
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I bought some the other day at Target, and it was in a 10 oz. bag, down from 12 oz. Same low price.

Wed, 05/14/2014 - 09:22 | 4758464 zaphod42
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What's the big deal?

In a week or 10 days without food, they die.

Problem solved.


Wed, 05/14/2014 - 09:23 | 4758468 semperfi
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$12 for grapes at Albertson's in Chandler AZ yesterday

Wed, 05/14/2014 - 09:38 | 4758546 Agent P
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That better be a lot of fucking grapes! 

Wed, 05/14/2014 - 09:43 | 4758579 semperfi
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  unfortunately, same amount that $5 bought a few weeks ago

Wed, 05/14/2014 - 20:58 | 4761253 A Nanny Moose
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Somewhere around the house is a picture that I took at a market in Japan, of an average sized Italian Canteloupe selling for a mere 10000 Yen ($100). Granted it was the most perfect looking canteloupe I have ever seen, came with it's own crate and was packed in that fake grass used in Easter Baskets.

Wed, 05/14/2014 - 09:42 | 4758571 Dr. Engali
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Shit just skip the grapes and go straight to the bottles of wine. Trust me it works.

Wed, 05/14/2014 - 12:38 | 4759457 GoinFawr
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You americans and your love of processed foods, and yeast excrement.

Wed, 05/14/2014 - 09:24 | 4758471 monopoly
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And the drought in CA. and the rest of the West is hardly mentioned in the idiot MSM. Wait till the effect of no rain for 9 months in central CA. takes hold. What will happen to food prices then? Only 36 million people in CA. No big deal. But at least the presidential type golf courses are totally green. They never stop watering the greens. Gotta play golf. Revolution or not.

Wed, 05/14/2014 - 10:58 | 4758979 j0nx
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Horseshit. Cali has droughts all the time and food doesn't skyrocket like this since they have other sources of water. Dollar devaluation is the first and only reason for these price increases. Leave the horseshit to the political liars.

Wed, 05/14/2014 - 11:23 | 4759077 NihilistZero
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As a socal resident I believe the drought issue is being puposely manipulated to steal farmland from people after .gov dries it out (see Delta Smelt issue).  I can't for the life of me find out wht we haven't started bulding aquaducts from Oregon.  Place has more water than they know what to do with and we can't move it a couple of hundred miles south???

$4 Trillion Plus in new dollars since the crash and we can't fix the roads, get coast to coast broadband or water our nations largest food providing region.  But Bernanke said QE was cone to help the average American... (seething with rage)

Wed, 05/14/2014 - 11:33 | 4759135 Cathartes Aura
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pwning the weather.

easy, no one looks up any more. . .pre-occupied.

Wed, 05/14/2014 - 12:14 | 4759338 mt paul
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Wally Hickel old Alaskan governor

wanted to build a water pipeline 

down to the lower 48


40 yrs ago....

good at ya Wally

Wed, 05/14/2014 - 12:27 | 4759410 NihilistZero
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Someone here a few months back said a Detroit renaissance could be becoming a water distribution hub for the west.  Now that the land can be bought for a song someone would make a killing.  Gentrification on a state wide scale.

Is it really capitalistic  "creative destruction" if you cause the destruction on one end and profit on the other?

Wed, 05/14/2014 - 21:39 | 4761350 GoinFawr
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Maybe, another word for it is 'carpetbagging'

Wed, 05/14/2014 - 21:03 | 4761268 A Nanny Moose
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CA is too busy wasting money on EIR's in the High Speed Choo Choo cluster fuck. We don't need no stinkin' water.

Wed, 05/14/2014 - 09:27 | 4758480 Gaius Frakkin' ...
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There's simple not enough food related investment vehicles, so everyone can participate in this “growth” market and offset the rise in their personal food expenditures.

Wed, 05/14/2014 - 09:31 | 4758515 mademesmile
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My food investment vehicle is a raised bed garden.

Wed, 05/14/2014 - 09:33 | 4758524 Gaius Frakkin' ...
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Wed, 05/14/2014 - 09:41 | 4758566 shovelhead
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True enough.

I'm still kicking myself for missing the goldrush in Romainian horsemeat that was so popular last year.

Wed, 05/14/2014 - 09:55 | 4758646 insanelysane
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I loved the fact that the UK media went from total outrage about horse meat in packaged foods to then running stories on how horse meat might actually be better for people.

Wed, 05/14/2014 - 12:31 | 4759426 NihilistZero
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Piers Morgan is a cunt.

Whenever someone mentions UK media I get the urge to remind people :-)

Wed, 05/14/2014 - 09:26 | 4758485 Dingleberry
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Not to worry!

The food will be hedonically adjusted....I'm sure it's somehow "new and improved".

Presto! inflation here!

Wed, 05/14/2014 - 09:28 | 4758496 zaphod42
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GMO.  That means it's actually deflation!


Wed, 05/14/2014 - 09:56 | 4758649 insanelysane
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Monsanto would say that it has improved.

Wed, 05/14/2014 - 09:26 | 4758486's picture

$10.99/lb grass fed ground beef at Whole Foods

Wed, 05/14/2014 - 09:30 | 4758508 FieldingMellish
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I might buy out my neighbours freezer. He charges $5.50 a pound and his cows graze right next door.

Wed, 05/14/2014 - 10:11 | 4758747 aardvarkk
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If I had a neighbor grazing his cows next door and selling the beef, I sure as hell wouldn't be buying any anywhere else.

Wed, 05/14/2014 - 11:37 | 4759156 Atomizer
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Midnight cow tipping.

Wed, 05/14/2014 - 09:40 | 4758557 Agent P
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"$10.99/lb grass fed ground beef at Whole Foods"

There's your problem.

Wed, 05/14/2014 - 09:40 | 4758559 SilverDOG
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"Grass fed" parallels "all natural" exceptionally so at Whole Paycheck.

OG(organic) ground beef $8.99 lb @ local natural food store from instate beef, 25 miles fro store.

Probably because this state has fastest growing population of small farms.

With 1.2 million people and a crapload of land, we will become the food basket of the north east again.

To bad those to our south will be FEMA'd. Loss of market in my opinion. 

Oh well, cheaper OG here then.

Wed, 05/14/2014 - 09:27 | 4758487 Pairadimes
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This was inevitable.

Wed, 05/14/2014 - 09:29 | 4758497 SilverDOG
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Food !? 

We don't need no stinkin' FOOD !

Hasn't the pharma pill solution been found for hunger yet ?


Wed, 05/14/2014 - 09:29 | 4758499 1stepcloser
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if the useless eaters would stop eating, problem solved...

Wed, 05/14/2014 - 14:30 | 4759904 goneYonder
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You do mean government employees, right?

Wed, 05/14/2014 - 09:29 | 4758502 Truther
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$39.80 for a 5lb beef steaks at costco.

Fuck this shit and the lying Feds with it.

Wed, 05/14/2014 - 09:34 | 4758530 dobermangang
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It's hard to find normal size steaks at my local GiantFood.  They slice them in half and call them "thin cut" steaks.  They look like minute steaks to me.  I guess the masses can't afford real steaks anymore.

Wed, 05/14/2014 - 09:46 | 4758596 Truther
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Same here. Giant Foods is more like a $$ vacuum than anything. Especially on meats and vegetables.

Wed, 05/14/2014 - 09:47 | 4758606 Drop out
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Soon they will be selling individual Steakumms as ultra thin healthy cuts for around $8.00 each.

Wed, 05/14/2014 - 09:55 | 4758645 cowdiddly
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And, with new technology they keep finding more places on a cow that qualifies as steak, chuck steak, petite steak, charcoal sleak, flank steak, and you wonder why you can't chew it. Note: Stay away from the sphincter steak its waaaay to chewy.

Wed, 05/14/2014 - 10:55 | 4758970 NotApplicable
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"Rrrrrrrubber Sphincter!

Bow, bow, bow."

Wed, 05/14/2014 - 09:47 | 4758602 FMR Bankster
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You just have not adapted like the Feds want you to. When the price of steak rises from $8 a pound to $10 a pound, and hamburger from $4 a pound to $5 a pound you are supposed to switch from steak to hamburger. Then your cost of living drops by 37.5%. (see COL adjustments for details)Then next year when hamburger goes from $5 to $7 a pound you switch to dog food at $4 a pound. Another cost of living decline! Better print some more money and stop this deflation in it's tracks.

Wed, 05/14/2014 - 09:30 | 4758504 pods
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If this trend keeps up it is going to be the summer of discontent.  

People are stretched.  And the FSA is not used to making due with beans, rice, and chicken broth.  

If that EBT won't by some fast food, look out.


Wed, 05/14/2014 - 09:32 | 4758519 madcows
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No.  The FSA will continue to eat lobster and fillet mignon while the working class stiff has to eat tuna in a can.

Wed, 05/14/2014 - 09:49 | 4758622 krispkritter
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You can afford tuna!?! Wow, I'm jealous...

Wed, 05/14/2014 - 10:17 | 4758777 yogibear
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Even Tuna's been going up steeply. Taxes are also going up.

Use coffee substitues (Postum). Many people are dumping the sodas because they increased the n price and localities tax soft drinks. Also soda drinks are not exactly healthy.

If people don't make alternate choices then they will get desperate. Seems like people were able to deal with hardships a lot better during the last great depression.



Wed, 05/14/2014 - 10:58 | 4758981 NotApplicable
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I don't know what the shit is they pack in oil, but it sure ain't tuna. I won't even taste it, as it smells repulsive.

Kroger tuna packed in water is about the best cheap tuna I can find.

Wed, 05/14/2014 - 09:40 | 4758554 Dr. Engali
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It's probably a good thing that the post office loaded up with hollow points for target practice. We wouldn't want our steady flow of credit card offers disrupted.

Wed, 05/14/2014 - 09:30 | 4758506 redbird
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We need Mike Obama to declare eight ounces is the new pound.  Problem solved.

Wed, 05/14/2014 - 09:51 | 4758629 RaceToTheBottom
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This would have all been solved if we had heeded the Jimie Carter and gone metric...

Wed, 05/14/2014 - 12:20 | 4759363 mt paul
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colorado weed sellers

dance around the cash register...

Wed, 05/14/2014 - 09:31 | 4758512 dobermangang
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My Aldis store has started to slowly raise prices.  The shit is getting real now.  Time to make my garden a little bit bigger.

Wed, 05/14/2014 - 10:00 | 4758677 HobbyFarmer
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here in wisconsin, real spring is late....still, got 200+ onions in and the first round of potatoes (35 yukon gold and 35 reds).  Adding another 5 fruit trees (have 25 or so that survived this brutal winter).  Put in 75 peashrubs (nitrogen fixing hedgerow that provides food for chickens).  more projects than time right now....

we're all smart enough to read ZH and see what's going on, hedge accordingly.  get planting!

Wed, 05/14/2014 - 09:31 | 4758513 youngman
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Iowa farmland proces just jumped on the news...more corporate buyers

Wed, 05/14/2014 - 09:31 | 4758516 replaceme
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Used to get out of the grocery store on a quick, weekend run for around 35 bucks - milk, cereal, coffee, fruit, etc... starting to see that same run over 60 bucks.  That kind of budget crunch affects people, start looking for a real distraction.  More real distractions.  Puppet theatre.

Wed, 05/14/2014 - 09:32 | 4758517 TrumpXVI
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You guys are a bunch of whiners.  Here's a little econ 101; "Substitution Effect".  Meaning that as food becomes more and more expensive, people will shift their diets to NON-Food items, like grass and cardboard.  And if the grass and cardboard runs out, well then, there's ALWAYS going to be plenty of Dirt...we'll NEVER run out of dirt.

Wed, 05/14/2014 - 09:35 | 4758533 Dr. Engali
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"there's ALWAYS going to be plenty of Dirt...we'll NEVER run out of dirt.:



Don't count on that:


The Coming World Soil Shortage

Wed, 05/14/2014 - 11:11 | 4759016 NotApplicable
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I'm on a river bluff overlooking a 300 ac. field that doubles as a wetlands when flooding threatens the remainder of the bottoms (a couple of 16" pumps sit on a creek levee bordering the field). When I moved in 4 years ago, it was full of native plants up to 6' tall (other than the times it was flooded).

When it became obvious last Spring that the drought had eliminated the possiblity of flooding, they planted soybeans there. Today, there is nothing growing in that field other than wild mustard in the low spots, while the remainder is bare dirt (and we're already at 10" of rain for the year). Meanwhile, my neighbors are losing their honey bees.

Thanks Monsanto! It seems there's nothing you can't kill.

Wed, 05/14/2014 - 12:23 | 4759391 mt paul
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i hear you...

Wed, 05/14/2014 - 14:00 | 4759797 Uber Vandal
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And guess what is being torn up to gain access to frack sand in Wisconsin and Minnesota??

If you guessed farm land, you guessed right.

<note, I am not necessarily against fracking, but when I saw some of these pits first hand when traveling through the area, and thought back to what the farm land once looked like, and then thought about how long it will take to make this viable farm land again, the mathematics are not good. Then again, the mathematics as to why we are doing this in the the first place may be worse.>

Wed, 05/14/2014 - 09:52 | 4758547 dobermangang
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Dirt cookies!  Yum!

Made from dirt, butter and salt.

Wed, 05/14/2014 - 09:39 | 4758551 replaceme
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This is a true story (to be revised next month):

A rich man was riding in the back of his limousine when he saw a man eating grass by the roadside.
He ordered his driver to stop and he got out to investigate. "Why are you eating grass?", he asked the man.
"I don't have any money for food,", the poor man replied.

"Oh, please - you must come to my house and eat"
"But sir, I have a wife and four children..."
"Bring them along!", the rich man said.

They all climbed into the limousine. As they were going, the poor fellow said: "Sir, you are too kind. Thank you for taking all of us in!."
The man replied, " Why it's no problem - the grass at my house is two feet tall; it will be enough for all of you".

Wed, 05/14/2014 - 09:43 | 4758570 A Dollar Short
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And air, we will never run out of air.  France taxes it, they call it the FREE Air tax, I think it is coming canned to a store near you.

Wed, 05/14/2014 - 10:14 | 4758759 madcows
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 A nice can of Perri-Air a la spaceballs.  Or, mountain air a la China.

Wed, 05/14/2014 - 11:13 | 4759023 Emergency Ward
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good one.  "Perri-Air"  ha ha ha

Wed, 05/14/2014 - 09:33 | 4758527 RealityCheque
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Finally we're getting to the pointy end. Civil unrest, here we come...

Wed, 05/14/2014 - 09:44 | 4758578 Agent P
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Unfortunately, I think this frog is on a slow boil.

Wed, 05/14/2014 - 12:25 | 4759398 mt paul
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frog soup..

Wed, 05/14/2014 - 09:37 | 4758531 Comte d'herblay
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Not to worry.  

Tim Cook is going to announce an APP for that, next quarter.





How then do we reconcile the fact that most of the poor are overweight, obese, and cardiac exercise challenged, with a paucity of food?  

"There's something rotten out back in the woodshed, robert post's child".

Wed, 05/14/2014 - 10:08 | 4758725 zaphod42
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If your question is genuine, the answer is that the poor go for the 'cheap calories.'  That is the least healthy food, with too much sugar, too much fat, and too much sodium, which results in their poor health.  And, they have sugar highs and lows, resulting in little energy, resulting in little exercise.  Together these factors cause them to get fat, and become cardiac challenged. 

But, not to worry.  They have a 72" 3-D HDTV to distract them!


Wed, 05/14/2014 - 10:39 | 4758877 BlindMonkey
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Obesity is happening all over the world and it is by design.  I am not taking away the aspect of personal responsibility but YUM brands et al have polluted what food is for so long that people are forgetting what real food is like.

Wed, 05/14/2014 - 11:21 | 4759065 Zadig
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Domesticated livestock are easier to manage than sentient creatures.

Wed, 05/14/2014 - 09:36 | 4758536 Shizzmoney
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This is a signal that war in Ukraine is coming, IMO.

Wed, 05/14/2014 - 09:39 | 4758550 zipit
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Vlad being a badass and Barry being Barry means war is coming.  Deep State wants/needs a distraction so they can do what it is that they have planned for the next phases of the consolidation of power and wealth and the reduction and/or elimination of rights of all kinds.  Tyrany wins, it looks like. 

Wed, 05/14/2014 - 09:49 | 4758617 zaphod42
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If war comes to Ukrane, the problem will be containing it to that locale, and keeping it "conventional."

Any bets on this one? 

Two choices - 1) move to the Arctic or the Steppes and die slowly; or, 2) move to a target and die fast.


Wed, 05/14/2014 - 09:36 | 4758541 Puncher75
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Remain calm!!!  All is well!!!

Wed, 05/14/2014 - 09:36 | 4758543 JRobby
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I liked the beans and rice instructional from the other day. Rabbit with beans and rice on Sundays.

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