I just saw this over at Frugal Squirrels and I tend to agree between various flooding, droughts, fire, storms, etc, PLUS high fuel prices. Ripple effect on cattle since they are fed on grain, herds will shorten and drive meat prices up. It seems you can't ever find bacon under $4 a lb, and $5 for 5lbs of potatoes! Used to be less than half that, wasnt it? Pasta stores well and you know you'll need more of that in winter, instead of paying more than 1 or even 2 bucks a lb, buy it now for what gets you thru the winter. Rice too, in case that inflates: There are already threads devoted to potential shortages/rising prices of wheat and pasta due to this years flooding in the Great Plains, specifically ND. What many don't realize is that ND is also the nations leading producers of dry beans ( 39 % of the national total), and honey, the Red River Valley is rich in sugar beet production, and the have a significant potato production also. MN is the nations largest producer of oats ( although I don't know how the weather has affected them this year- MN squirrels have any input?). Combined with the drought of the south, the fires of the west, and the tornadoes everywhere, I would expect either a shortage or significant price increase not only in staples like wheat, flour, beans, and sugar, but also vegetables and fruits, along with potatoes. I wouldn't be surprised if rice also rises as people start utilizing alternatives to wheat based products. I'd suspect meat prices may temporarily drop as producers thin herds due to feed prices/shortages, but then to climb right back up and over the next season, as there will be less stock breeding.