The drought like conditions in Missouri hasn’t affected the prices at our grocery stores…yet. The food survey taken each quarter by the Missouri Food Bureau showed the prices had dropped in the second quarter of 2012. While there could be an effect it won’t be instant. The first items to see an increase will likely be meat and dairy products, because they enter the market quickest. Food Bureau Spokesperson Diane Olson tells KZIM-KSIM the energy cost of transport will really affect prices. Olson adds she hopes this brings attention to the importance of farmers who work to produce food. Most of the cost for food comes from transportation and storage and on average farmers only receive 16 cents on every food dollar consumers spend.
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