It’s just going to get worse:
Prices for meat, poultry, fish and eggs across the nation shot up to all-time highs in May, according to a report released Tuesday by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.
The price index for these items, which BLS has kept records of since 1967, “rose 1.4 percent in May after a 1.5 percent increase in April, with virtually all of its major components increasing,” the agency said in a news release.
The rise was part of a broad trend among food prices — bacon has risen sharply also in recent months, thanks to a virus that has killed millions of American pigs — as five of the six major grocery store food group indexes also saw their prices jump in May. Only cereal and bakery products declined last month, falling 0.1 percent.
What’s to blame for the record high prices? A combination of long-term drought in the nation’s biggest agricultural states and winter storms that killed off thousands of cattle last year, noted Paul Walsh, vice president for weather analytics at The Weather Company, the parent of The Weather Channel and weather.com.
The cumulative effects of climate change on agriculture, the fact we are poisoning the bee population added on to the fact that wage stagnation and income inequality are at near unprecedented levels, and all those dystopian science fiction writers might have been on to something. Here’s a terrifying story about the upcoming water wars we are going to be facing.
Meanwhile, here in Appalachia, where we get plenty of rain and the water tables are full and flash flooding is more of a concern than drought, we are letting frackers and coal miners poison our water. America, fuck yeah!