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UN: Global Food Prices Surge to Near Decade High

Continued advance risks accelerating broader inflation

Grocery store shopper VIA PIXABAY june 2021

Global food prices extended their rally to the highest in almost a decade, heightening concerns over bulging grocery bills as economies struggle to exit the COVID-19 crisis, reports Yahoo Finance.

A United Nations gauge of world food costs climbed for a 12th straight month in May, its longest stretch in a decade. The continued advance risks accelerating broader inflation, complicating central banks efforts to provide more stimulus.

Drought in key Brazilian growing regions is crippling crops from corn to coffee, and vegetable oil production growth has slowed in Southeast Asia. That’s boosting costs for livestock producers and risks further straining global grain stockpiles that have been depleted by soaring Chinese demand.

The surge has stirred memories of 2008 and 2011, when price spikes led to food riots in more than 30 nations.

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