Expect to pay a lot more for groceries next year, thanks to climate change and COVID-19

By the Canadian Press, CBC News Ottawa, December 8, 2020

The average Canadian family will pay up to an extra $695 for food next year, as the pandemic, wildfires and changing consumer habits drive up grocery bills to the highest increase ever predicted by an annual food price report.

(...)Meanwhile, climate change — including heat waves, ice loss, wildfires, floods and droughts — will also influence how much we pay for groceries next year.

Vegetables could be particularly hard hit, with prices expected to jump as much as 6.5 per cent, according to the report.

Much of the produce Canadians consume comes from California, a state that has been ravaged by one of the worst wildfire seasons on record.


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