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Higher Food Prices

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The word coming down from the California Farm Bureau is that prices for a number of different vegetables, fruit and beef could increase this summer. 

It's all because of the drought they say. Fruits and vegetables could rise in price because of the lack of water to produce the volume of things they grow. Beef could increase in price because they had to buy lots of hay. With so little rain cows can't graze naturally. 

Juan Madrigal is a manager in the meat department at Bob's Grocery in Santa Monica. He say when "prices go up and everybody suffers. We suffer because we have to increase the prices. Customer suffers because they have to pay more for the pound they buy here."

To be clear, they haven't yet raised prices here, but he suspects they may have to since they are getting hit with higher prices for beef... as much as 7 to 8%.

Besides beef...  lettuce, tomatoes, summer fruits like tangerines and peaches could all be affected.

Shoppers like Stan Danis say they'll have to be "much more careful with our purchases. Bob Duitsman says he may have to buy less. Morgan Moore says "it is what it is" and Damon Goldstein isn't happy about it, but doesn't know what options there may be.

If the California Farm Bureau is right there could be higher prices by summer coming to a grocery store near you.

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