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Graphic by Lindsey Pound, Farm Journal

U.S. inflation levels are nearly at record high. The Consumer Price Index (CPI) reports a 6.2% increase in the last year, a spike not seen since 1990. Used cars and trucks showed a record increase, up 26%, with gas 49% more costly and other fuels are up 59%. Meanwhile, some of the most shocking price increases have been seen on grocery store shelves with U.S. meat products. Retail pork is up 14%, chicken almost 9% and beef up a whopping 20%. Despite the hikes, consumer demand for meat has seen record levels. But how high is too high of a price to pay for meat? Some economists are saying they aren’t expecting demand to take a hit from price hikes, others say the increase could force some to change their eating habits, such as eating out less.

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