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Record organic soy prices lead to food inflation

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U.S. imports of organic soybeans fell by 18% over the last year according to U.S. Department of Agriculture data. Currently, the U.S. is the number two soybean grower worldwide, with 70% of the produce imported back to the states. Meanwhile, chicken farmers who use soybeans for feed are paying higher prices due to the shortage.

In addition, Argentina, the number two exporter of soybeans to the states saw an even greater decrease. Shipments fell by 30%. As a result, the price for soybeans rose to a seven-year high. According to commodity data firm Mercaris, soybeans now cost $33 per bushel. The previous record was $25 per bushel in 2014-2015.

Bell & Evans owner Scott Sechler called it a “madhouse” in an interview with Reuters. His 127-year strong company feeds 500,000 to 600,000 chickens every week.

“There’s not enough in America to replace all the imported organic grain,” Sechler told Reuters. Therefore, the price of chicken is bound to increase to make up for the increase in feed.

In the meantime, total U.S. organic acreage is growing faster than ever at 6%. Mercaris has predicted that there will be a record 9 million acres of organic produce by the end of the year. Altogether, there are nearly 20,000 certified organic farms.

According to the Organic Trade Association, last year, U.S. sales of organic food increased 12.8% to $56.5 billion, compared with a 4.6% increase in 2019. Then, in 2020, organic foods accounted for 5.8% of food sales.

You can follow Jenny Goldsberry on Twitter @jennyjournalism.

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White House Confirms It Is Looking Into Shutting Down Oil Pipeline Amid Fuel Crisis

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The Biden administration confirmed that it is considering shutting down an oil pipeline in Michigan despite the ongoing fuel crisis in the country.

“Revoking the permits for the [Line 5] pipeline that delivers oil from western Canada across Wisconsin, the Great Lakes and Michigan and into Ontario, would please environmentalists who have urged the White House to block fossil fuel infrastructure, but it would aggravate a rift with Canada and could exacerbate a spike in energy prices that Republicans are already using as a political weapon,” Politico Pro reported. “Killing a pipeline while U.S. gasoline prices are the highest in years could be political poison for Biden, who has seen his approval rating crash in recent months.”

Fox News reporter Peter Doocy asked about the report during Monday’s press briefing, asking, “why is the administration now considering shutting down the Line 5 pipeline from Canada to Michigan?”

“So, Peter, that is inaccurate,” Deputy Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre claimed. “That is not right. So, any reporting indicating that some decision has been made, again, is not accurate. … So, again, I would — it is inaccurate what you just stated, but —”

“What’s inaccurate?” Doocy asked.

“The reporting about us wanting to shut down the Line 5,” Jean-Pierre said.

“I didn’t say ‘wanting.’  I said, is it being studied right now?  Is the administration studying the impact of shutting down the Line 5?”

“Yeah. Yes, we are. We are,” Jean-Pierre admitted.

 

The news comes as gas prices have reached their highest since 2014, when Biden was vice president, and are currently about 50% higher than they were when Biden entered office.

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