2013 U.S. Drought Can Mean Higher Food Prices Around the World

Photo: flickr/Idaho National Laboratory

Photo: flickr/Idaho National Laboratory

You may notice your favorite loaf of bread at a high price sometime soon. According to Arab News, this has a lot to do with the effects of last year’s drought, coupled with predictions from the U.S. National Weather Service about further drought to come in already affected areas like Kansas. (One positive note is that parts of the Corn Belt may see improvement this year.)

That the nation suffered a drought last June—considered “the most widespread since the devastating Dust Bowl period in the 1930s”—isn’t just a problem that solely impacts Americans. The U.S. is the largest exporter of food (think corn, wheat, and soy) in the world. As it stands, “Food prices are of particular concern to the poorest third of the global population who spend over half of their income on food, and to countries that are highly dependent on food imports, including many Middle East states.” 

[via Arab News]

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