Ongoing supply shortages continue making food costs rise, including your Thanksgiving meal

By MATT PIKE

St. Joseph Post

Across the United States food costs are continuing to rise as the ongoing supply shortage rages on, and that is going to affect your Thanksgiving meal.

Missouri Farm Bureau President Garrett Hawkins says the American Farm Bureau does a study every year on the staples of the Thanksgiving meal.

Hawkins says as food prices overall are up across the board, when it comes to your Thanksgiving feast, it’s going to be that prized turkey that will cost you the most.

“Costs are up across the board when we look at inflationary pressure as well as continued disruptions in the supply chain,” Hawkins tells KFEQ/St. Joseph Post. “So one part, the major staple of the Thanksgiving meal, the turkey, costs are up which ultimately then impacts the average cost per meal.”

This years study by the American Farm Bureau showed that the cost of a Thanksgiving meal for ten people rose 14-percent, or about six dollars and forty one cents a person.

Garrett Hawkins says though that food prices across the board are rising, not just the items needed for the Thanksgiving meal.

Hawkins says one big thing causing the inflation is the ongoing supply chain shortage, but there are also other factors that are playing into the rise in food costs, like the price of fuel.

“As you think about processing and ultimately delivering goods to the supermarket energy is a part of that, and so energy costs are ultimately incorporated into the prices that we are paying at the grocery store as well,” Hawkins says. “So there isn’t one specific point.”

Hawkins says with those other factors playing into the rise, it’s hard to come up with a timeline of when we might see costs return to normal.

As consumers complain everyday about the costs of their food going up, there are some people they might not think about it affecting.

Missouri Farm Bureau President Garrett Hawkins says that recent inflations are also taking a toll on the farmers and ranchers that produce the items going to the grocery stores.

“We’re paying more for everything we touch as well,” Hawkins says. “You know agriculture is an energy intensive business, and everything we touch is virtually tied to energy, so as fuel prices go up, so do our input costs.”

Hawkins says farmers and ranchers are seeing rising prices on fertilizer, input costs and costs of farm equipment and parts as they see continued disruptions in the supply chain crisis.

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