27 Oct '11, 7pm

High and dry: Southwest drought means rising food prices via @grist

High and dry: Southwest drought means rising food prices via @grist

This pond in Texas dried out by late June. Photo: agrilifetoday Very few urban dwellers have paid attention to the catastrophic drought in the Southwest that began nearly a year ago. But last month, as farmers and ranchers assessed the year's harvest, it became clear it had knocked back their yields and sales, while driving their costs higher than they have ever been. As the drought continues to drive both meat and vegetable food prices up over the next year, urbanites in the region and beyond will likely notice the change in prices; but whether they will make the connection between drought, climate change, and food security is another question. Since April, the mainstream media has offered occasional sound bites about how the drought in Texas was affecting food production. Ironically, these early alerts occurred even as that state's presidential hopeful, Rick Perry, insis...

Full article: http://www.grist.org/food/2011-10-27-southwest-drought-me...

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