A family’s weekly food shop will cost more as prices of meat, pasta and bread set to soar
A family’s weekly supermarket shop could cost more than ever, as experts warn that bad weather and poor harvests will soon push up prices of food basics like bread, pasta and meat.
Experts at the UN Food and Agriculture Organisation warned last night that food prices could reach a ‘crisis point’ next year due to poor food harvests caused by droughts in the US and a soggy British summer.
Despite some food prices increasing by almost 20% in the past year, poor weather will further drive up prices globally on food staples like meat, eggs, pasta and bread, with hard-pressed families feeling the brunt of the increase.
There’s also worries that a bad British summer with heavy rain and a lack of sunshine means that common vegetables will need to be imported from further afield, with The Daily Mail reporting that even peas and potatoes could cost more than usual in the coming months.
And to add even more insult to injury, soaring bills on everything from food to fuel means families will be £50 worse off by the end of this year, with analysts predicting that mums and dads could have £200 less in their pockets by 2013.
Wow – what a trifecta of bad news today! Are you worried that your supermarket shop is slowly soaring? Have you had to switch brands or shop elsewhere for your family favourites?