Your groceries are costing more.
Because of the 2012 North American Drought—a byproduct of low snowfall followed by high heat—about 80 percent of the country’s agricultural land suffered, affecting corn and soybean crops, and dairy and meat products. For the average American, the USDA reports a 2.5 percent to 3.5 percent increase in U.S. food prices.
Clothing prices might go up, too.
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Environmentalists are keeping watch on both textile production and overconsumption: the depletion of natural materials and the carbon emissions released by factories are taking a toll on the planet. A recent sustainable project completed by Britain’s Forum for the Future predicted that by the year 2025, factories would be growing textiles from bacterial cellulose, an organic compound produced from bacteria.