US drought ‘to hit UK food cost’
By JACK LOSH
ublished: 8 hrs ago
DROUGHT devastation will trigger soaring food prices in the UK, experts
British shoppers face forking out more for staples such as bread, meat and
pasta amid the crisis.
A British Retail Consortium spokesman warned of the impact after dozens of
drought-hit US states declared disaster areas.
A washout summer has also blighted harvests in Britain, adding to the strain.
Supermarkets have resorted to stocking expensive imports of common veg such as
potatoes and peas from Africa, Central America and the Middle East.
Arable land in the US covering an area larger than Belgium and Luxembourg
combined has been abandoned.
Soaring food prices are already severely impacting millions of families, a
Tory MP warned last night.
Price hike ... shoppers in Britain face soaring food costs
Some parents are already forced to skip meals to feed their children as
incomes come under pressure from above-target inflation.
Food price threats are a blow to George Osborne's election plan, aimed at
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