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Feeling the pinch

(article, Culinate staff)

As Kim Severson noted yesterday in the New York Times, food costs have skyrocketed lately: "Domestically, wholesale food prices rose 3.9 percent in February, the largest increase on record for one month since 1974." 

Her brief article ticking off the usual suspects (rising fuel costs, global political unrest) behind the grocery bills was accompanied by a bar graph comparing price increases by product, such as bacon, coffee, and bread. 

Implied in the graph's 2.7 percent inflation marker is the fact that domestic food prices generally rise 2 to 3 percent each year, making, say, the recent 27 percent rise in the price of lettuce all the more shocking.