Experts say increased world food prices won’t go down.

May 25, 2012

Buying kitchen staples is more difficult for shoppers in some countries.
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Vegetables in Nairobi, Kenya, such as tomatoes, cost nearly three times more today than they did in 2007. Ongoing increases in prices are making it especially hard for families to meet basic nourishment needs. The United Nations reports that international food prices doubled between 2003 and 2008, dropped in 2009 and spiked nearly a quarter this year from 2010.

Why are prices fluctuating dramatically? There are three main reasons:

  • The U.S. Census Bureau estimates a global population of 7 billion people this year and nearly 9.5 billion people by 2050.
  • Climate change is creating extreme weather conditions and hurting harvests.
  • Overall lack of food supply is causing decreases in grain stockpiles.

Listen to learn more about how high prices are affecting American taxpayers and one Chicago nonprofit.

This story is based on World food prices plateau and aren’t going down, experts say by Gulnaz Saiyed

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