Grocery Bill

Demand for corn, fewer farmers, fuel prices, commodity speculators, and using corn for ethanol contribute to rising food prices at supermarkets

By Tim Parker

Investopedia; San Francisco Chronicle 2011-01-26

Distribution network gives Wal-Mart price edge in Chicago

By Mike Hughlett

Chicago Tribune 2009-12-11

'Food basket' prices up for fourth consecutive month, UN warns

By Jess Halliday News Media 2009-12-09

Cutting food bill means reading labels, buying in bulk

Average American family of four spends about $5,000 a year on food prepared at home; 20 percent savings could yield $1,000. A few tips: Don't pay for water - whether in plumped, or 'enhanced' chicken and turkey, or in iced tea, orange juice or even household cleaners you can make yourself. Remember, the more plastic and wrapping, the higher the bill.

By Greg Karp

The Morning Call/Chicago Tribune 2009-07-05

With economic downturn, a return to nutritious basics

With economic downturn, a return to nutritious basics

Karla Cook/The Food Times

Basing family diet on low-calorie, high-nutrient foods improves health of family, cuts amount spent on food. Lobster alternatives include potatoes, eggs, beans, low-fat or nonfat yogurt, milk, carrots, kale or collards, onions, bananas, apples, peanut butter (major brands have not been recalled - click 'See also'), almonds, lean meats, tomatoes, broccoli, fish, frozen produce. Slow cooker makes process easier.

By Jane E. Brody

The New York Times 2009-03-03

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Simple steps to cut food waste

Awareness of food prices, waste, may be silver lining of economic crisis. Americans throw out $100 billion of food annually. Food in landfills produces methane gas, more harmful to atmosphere than CO2. To cut waste: Plan meals, serve reasonable portions, compost, get whole family involved. And: Composting quick-start - indoors or out (click 'See also').

By Addie Broyles

The Miami Herald; The Austin American-Statesman 2009-01-22

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The starter list for low-cost, high-taste meals

Eating well, yet cheaply, means shopping perimeter of store and skipping the packaged items (click 'See also'). Nutritious, delicious items for less than $1 a serving: oats, eggs, kale, potatoes, apples, nuts, bananas, chickpeas, broccoli, watermelon, wild rice, beets, butternut squash, whole grain pasta, sardines, spinach, tofu, milk, pumpkin seeds, coffee.

By Tara Parker-Pope

The New York Times 2008-12-29

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Cheap feasts

Cheap feasts

Barnes & Noble

Embracing 99-cent philosophy requires innovation, acceptance of unknown brands and the ability to ignore misshapen or discolored boxes. The payoff? High-style meals and low, low grocery bills, says cookbook author, who adapted many recipes from culinary classics including 'Joy of Cooking' and the 'Moosewood Cookbook.'

By Alex Cohen

National Public Radio 2008-03-21


Juggling higher rent, food and energy bills, U.S. families living paycheck-to-paycheck are eating more pasta and peanut butter to make ends meet; convenience stores report increased sales of emergency food items like milk and eggs and food pantries scramble to close the gaps.

By Anne D'Innocenzio

The Associated Press; Business Week 2007-10-19

Emergency food

As wildfires continue in California's San Diego County, Bush administration approves one-month allotment of disaster food stamps for those who spent money protecting, repairing or evacuating their homes or if they lost food or money because of the fires, USDA's Chuck Conner says.

Reuters 2007-10-25

Corn conundrum

Praying to the god of corn has its price: nitrogen waste in the waterways, taxpayer money feeding the industry, low-nutrition meat from animals that eat it, but it provides a fertile field of medical research, and in Mexico, growing corn is the only way one farmer ensures his wife's tortillas have the authentic taste.

By Hugh Dellios

Chicago Tribune 2007-09-09

Price bite:

As China creates and begins to enforce stricter standards for food safety to restore confidence in the Made-in-China label, exports to U.S. fall, domestic growers cheer and American consumers see prices head upward.

By Don Lee

Los Angeles Times 2007-09-24

Opting out:

Inspired by environmental justice and groups that feed the homeless with surplus food, freegans in New York eschew capitalism and scavenge for groceries in the 50 million pounds of food garbage discarded annually; they favor D'Agostino's, Trader Joe's and Whole Foods.

By Erika Hayasaki

Los Angeles Times 2007-09-11

A perfect storm?

As farmers eagerly switch from food crops to those for biofuels, ecological and social factors led by high food prices, meat-rich diets, dropping water supplies, climate change and the growing population threaten vast numbers of people with food and water shortages.

By John Vidal

The Guardian (UK) 2007-08-29

Review: Bittersweet

Review: Bittersweet

"The Price of Sugar" focuses documentary lens on Dominican Republic and horrific conditions of mostly Haitian illegal immigrant sugar cane workers there, then tells story of Catholic priest who sets out to improve their lot.

By Stephen Farber

The Hollywood Reporter 2007-08-23

Grocery bill:

Food prices squeezing family budgets; experts blame high prices for corn, planted over more acreage for animal feed and to feed ethanol craze, as well as fuel costs for transportation.

By Brad Hem

Houston Chronicle (TX) 0000-00-00