Still, this particular farmer's cloud comes with a serious silver lining for consumers—the first real relief many will have seen from their own economic pressures. As the following graphic that accompanied the Post piece shows, prices have become consistently cheaper as the year has worn on. Compounding the cheap commodity prices—at least in the Washington D.C. metro area the piece focuses on—is the traditional thrust of capitalist competition; rival grocery stores willing to take a little less profit in order to lure customers back through the doors.
All in all, it's probably a good time to stock up and make some big bulk buys. After all, we found out earlier this week that the recession is "very likely over". Not to mention that farmers are being pushed to breaking point. How much more deflation can farmers here suffer before we see a protest along the lines of the scenes from Belgium yesterday, with farmers intentionally spraying their product onto farmland to draw attention to their plight?
Associated Press/Yves Logghe
--Posted by Phil Stott, Vault Staff Writer
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