Saturday, July 19, 2008
This picture was taken in 1940 and shows a Grocery Store front in 1940. The picture was taken in Salem, Illinois. I like looking at the simplicity of the items being sold, and the prices advertised in the window.
There was lots of discussion yesterday about gas prices and gas mileage. Today, the topic is Grocery Prices. Is it just me, or are food prices really starting to be painful? It feels like the price of everything in the grocery store has doubled in the last year. I think a lot of it has to do with the Ethanol mandate. I read that it takes 30% of the corn supply to make 3% of the fuel we use. This drastic increase in demand has driven up prices. This makes just about anything you eat more expensive, because most things like chickens, pigs, and cows eat corn, so pork, chicken and beef become more expensive. Also, as corn prices go up, more farmers plant corn, less plant wheat, and then wheat, and hence bread and pasta prices go up. Anyway, I am not so sure the whole Ethanol thing was a good idea.