Global food prices are surging

Agriculture

I’m Clinton Griffiths with today’s AgDay Minute.

A warning from the United Nations, world food prices are rising at their fastest pace in a decade

The data comes from the UN’s food and agriculture organization.
It just released the numbers from May. It’s food price index surged last month, prices now rising at their fastest month over month pace since October of 2010.

Global food prices are now at their highest level since September of 2011.
Experts say the surge looks similar to moves in 2008 and 2011 when high costs led to food riots across some 30 nations.

Dollar store chains are starting to offer fresh groceries at some locations.
Family Dollar is selling apples, oranges, onions, potatoes, and other fruit and vegetables — at roughly 100 of its more than seven thousand stores.

The company is also selling frozen poultry, pork, and beef.
As for dollar general — they now offer products at more than 13-hundred locations.
Last week, the company said it intends to put produce departments in a thousand additional stores this year.

Does the thought of eating cicadas make you queasy? Well, if you have seafood allergies, you could become seriously ill from eating them.

The FDA saying the bugs have biological links to shrimp and lobsters. And that’s why they’re warning folks who have issues with seafood to avoid them entirely.
The insects have emerged from a 17-year slumber to invade much of the East Coast right now.

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