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But What About My Cocoa Krispies?

In Connecting the Dots on Friday, 4 April 2008 at 11:16

OK, OK, we get it: The economy is going down the tubes. Commodity prices are on the rise, and the crisis is reaching across the global food economy and into American kitchens. David Ignatius reports in the Washington Post that rice and wheat are at their highest real-terms prices since the 1980s. The New York Times’ Kim Severson tries to make lemonade, arguing that the crisis, having hardly affected produce, meat, and dairy, could mean a revolution in American eating habits, though it seems borderline delusional to think the current price spike will create a middle-class of Michael Pollan clones — would that wishing made it so. Perhaps to save some dough we should do like Slate’s Laura Moser, and get that high fructose corn syrup-monkey off our backs. Or we could avoid restaurants and heed Mark Bittman‘s advice in the NYT and master that magic radiation machine: the microwave.

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