Growing Demand for Corn Blamed for Higher Food Prices

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MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - Alabama shoppers are paying more at the
supermarket this month, according to the Alabama Farmers Federation's monthly food price survey.

The average cost of 20 basic market basket items climbed just under one percent in April - led mostly by higher beef prices. The market basket averaged 48 dollars, 56 cents, that's an increase of 39 cents from March.

The Federation blames rising food prices on the growing demand
for corn to produce ethanol.

The survey, conducted April first to the eighth, also showed higher prices for pork and poultry, but lower costs for some produce and dairy products.

Regional reports showed the market basket was highest in south Alabama at 51 dollars, 81 cents. It was lowest in the northwest corner of the state at 47 dollars, 33 cents.

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