What will food cost in 4 years?

Big-time inflation is headed for the grocery aisles, and whatever your diet, you'll feel the hit. Compare the prices of common foods today with what they're likely to cost in 2015.

By Minyanville

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Mar 11, 2011 4:13PM

Get a new government. Get rid of the corrupt liberals and repubs. Lets vote them all out and start from scratch. Try to get someone that that gives a **** about the people and this country and not just their bank accounts. This is all it is. Walls street and the other fat pigs playing monopoly with us the people. Lets put a stop to it. We cant afford anymore higher gas prices or food prices. We have a right to eat as good as the rich guys. we have a right to drive our cars without worrying about fuel prices. We let this go it will only get worse. To hell with these wall street thugs and this fat pig government. I for one had enough.

Mar 11, 2011 3:55PM

People were never so happy as when they lived a more agrarian life style. It was slightly harder physical work, but way less stress. My great grandmother told me that, and I believe her. Really with todays technology, we could be living a lot happier, easier lives than we are now, or they did back then. There was also much less poverty and homelessness back then. People would homestead, raise their own, etc.. Not live under a bridge and panhandle..


Our modern society will be the death of us, and its not going to take long either. We are all now at the mercy of conglomorates who decide what we pay, and what we get.

Mar 16, 2011 8:21PM

Maybe we should stop feeding the rest of the world and let them feed themselves. If our own countrymen are having a problem buying food because global demand makes the cost unaffordable, then let the rest of the world worry about how to pay for American grown food; not Americans. The rest of the world expects and demands that  America feed them, protect them, fight their battles, provide their medicine, and come to their aid when disaster strikes. And then they have the audacity to call us the world's Satan.


I say American for Americans first. Let the rest of the world eat our scraps or learn to feed themselves.


Americans provide so much charity and subsidy to the rest of the world that it's hard to believe that there is still hunger. Instead our charity is used to enrich corrupt governments If the rest of the world gets hungry, let them overthrow their corrupt governments that are starving them. Why should we support their corrupt governments when we have our own.


And are we really subsidizing ethanol from corn? What a waste. Here we are wasting a major crop that is a major component to so much of our agricultural and food manufacturing industries on some tree huggers fantasy. No wonder meat, bread, and dairy products have increased so much in the last few years.

Mar 11, 2011 7:23PM

The ideas here about growing your own food are great.....BUT, if you are a family struggling with unemployement, living in an apt. This is not an option. For a lot of us out there, We dont have the storage for large amounts of bulk. We need to start embracing the small town farmers again, pure and simple. Less packaging, closer to home should mean lower prices. But only if we do it en masse.


I just know that I already have very little discretionary money and between the inflation in gas and food, I will have none. Heaven help my family if we have an emergency. Im not sure what we will do.


The gouging needs to stop.

Mar 11, 2011 12:37PM
I am so glad to see these comments!!   We are hog and grain farmers in Southern Il.  We butcher our own meat and have  a huge garden, freeze the extra and can some also.  Have some chickens running around for eggs.  I realize not everyone can do this.  However, farmers markets are wonderful!!.  Buying in bulk and freezing the rest.  So many Americans waste food.  It is great to see such possitive comments!!
Mar 11, 2011 7:08PM
Im a single mom of a 10yr old son and my grocery bill is less than $100 a month.  I buy all my meat, poultry and fish in bulk, then separate them with freezer bags. Some stores (Albertson's is good for this) actually have early bird sales where you get a certain about off on your meat depending on the time of week they have.  We have a 99 cent store here that have sunny d, minute maid, and ocean spray all for just that: 99 cents, where as in other stores your paying $2-3 bucks.  Alde's have fruits and vegi's a fraction of what you would pay in other stores. Im sorry, it's not science, its called a budget. Some people just freak when they have to adjust to that.
Mar 11, 2011 3:44PM
Where did he get the today prices? Our today prices are like the 2015 prices he is projecting!
Mar 11, 2011 11:11AM

Due to husbands health problems (i strongly suggest colonoscopy, saved his life) i have totally changed the way i prepare food (reducing salt , increasing fiber). I make most things from scratch. It takes more time but if you buy bulk brown rice, large bags of potatoes, frozen veggies and fruits (as well as fresh) it actually is much cheaper.  Meat for us is a flavoring , not a main course.  Lots of chicken but still some beef and pork. If you go this route i suggest a slow cooker and learn a lot of recipes for stews, soups and chowders.  I cut everything up the night before and put it in the fridge. The next morning i put it in the slow cooker, and water and seasoning and set it on low...when i get home i have most of my meal ready to serve


Mar 16, 2011 6:33PM
This is why we should ONLY have AMERICAN made items... food, clothes, electronics.... Every country is out for their own people, why dont we do the same????
Mar 11, 2011 10:36AM
You know... you could shop local, grow your own food, or rely on products that aren't affected by corn and grain prices as much. Where I live you are allowed to buy raw milk from local farmers. Most of those farmers don't feed their cows corn bc their bodies were never meant to process corn. You could also find a local organic rancher who allows their cattle to graze on the land rather than feeding them corn for you beef, as well as chickens. Their prices should remain virtually unchanged from now. (We buy got beef from a rancher for approx $4.50/lb, minus the bones weight that is all grass fed. Feed lots can't beat that!) Oh, and did you know that butter (in moderation) is better for you than margarine. You can make your own butter from cream on the cheap. I could go on and on. We pay alot for convenience.
Mar 11, 2011 1:59PM

My meals will have to change to beans and rice.   I live on a fixed income and so I will have less to eat is all.   

Mar 16, 2011 7:30PM
This is a fact, if too much food like Oranges are grown, your government orders it destroyed, to keep prices up.  The problem in this country now is, Congress voted years ago, that no one who isn't a millionaire, isn't allowed to be president. 
What's wrong with this picture, the Mayor of Bowling Green, KY is paid $16,000.00 a year, the Mayor of Knoxville, TN is paid $153,000.00 a year, and he only shows up to 1 out of 4 meetings?
Benjamin Franklin said, "Politicians should never be paid"
Mar 16, 2011 7:57PM
Everyone on this site cant comment worth a damn. Watch a documentary called fast food nation or read the book. Almost all of the big name CEO's that run these food corporations are in some way linked to government officials. In fact many of the companies and those who run them provide a good portion of the financial backing to those in local, state and national government. Prices wont change and the monopolies ConAgra and Monsanto controll will not be diffused because those in power to do it are enjoying the benefits of silence. There are many things wrong with our nation right now, but the greatest thing affecting Americans is their lack of knowledge on these issues. People are not well informed because A) the information is well covered up and B) we are too lazy to look for in and then do something about it. Americans as a whole have been looking the other way expecting their neighbors and government officials to "change" or "fix" their issues. Let me tell you something people, nothing will be done so long as you expect someone else to do it for you. Smoke some grass and take to the streets, people! We were once a nation unafraid to take to the streets for what we need and want. Where did our pride and passion go?

Mar 16, 2011 9:51PM
Tear up your sod, grow you own veggies and fruit.  Get some chickens and goats, brew your own beer, join your local sustainability group..get independent of the  corporate food chain.
May 26, 2011 12:07PM
I'm a vegetable farmer who has grown crops for over 40 years.  The price per pound we receive has gone from approximately 7 cents a pound 40 years ago to 13 cents a pound we will receive this year.  A tractor has increased in price at least 10 times what it cost 40 years ago.  Repair parts have gone through the roof, many costing 4 times as much as they did a few years ago.  My repair cost this year is $20,000 and counting.   With my second job I have invested over 100% of the money I earn farming back into the farm.   It would be very difficult to start from scratch and make a living farming at the prices we receive for our crops.  Some of my neighbor growers are not even growing crops this year due to the high risk and low return.   Just imagine what things would cost if everything has inflated in price as much as farmers wholesale prices.  I read eggs are now higher than they were during the civil war.
Mar 11, 2011 10:59PM
ConAgra Foods is too large and has too much control over everything we eat.  Monopoly?
Mar 16, 2011 6:26PM
So the prices of everything will go up. My question is will the salary? If everything keeps going up people won't be able to afford to eat , live or event afford the gas to go to work. Somewhere it has to stop.
Mar 16, 2011 8:29PM

We need to start buying from farm/small shops locals food....instead of Safeway, Albertsons, and so on!!  Look at the price difference !!!






Don't look outside of America.....It's happening HERE in this soil, THIS IS WHERE IT STARTS .. where corporate Greed and everything else happens!!

Mar 16, 2011 5:50PM
The Bible says a loaf of bread will cost a days wages in the last days. It is coming faster than most people think. God is in control. He does not like what is going on in our society today. Morals and honestly have gone by the wayside. Our leaders are working for their own desires and not for what the people who have elected them want and need. They have kicked God out of education, government, and wherever possible for them to do so. Our nation was founded on true Bible Believing and practicing Christians. If you deny God, He will deny you. He will no longer watch over this America. I'm afraid that the America that I grew up in is gone forever. The people in this world have caused all these problems for themselves.  I do agree with those who say that budgeting and smart shopping helps. There are families who can barely make ends meet even now when they are doing that. I feel sorry for the young families.
Mar 16, 2011 6:46PM
If enough people started growing a little of their own food in the summer then prices would be driven down. There are a lot of backyards in the world.
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