So what about all of that clucking about corn costs and higher cost of chicken?
According to the National Chicken Council, it takes 2 pounds of corn to produce one pound of chicken, live weight. This equates to less than 13 cents worth of corn when corn is $3.50 per bushel.
So if corn was $2.50 a year ago, that $1.00 bushel price different at most represents 4 cents per pound increase that may or may not be passed along to the final consumer.
And according to the USDA, chicken breasts, bone in, average retail price is $2.33 a pound in August, 2007. So that makes any increased corn costs less than 2 percent of the final food price. And the total corn costs less than 6% of the final cost.
What has been shown to cause major cost in increases in all sectors of the economy is increased energy costs and labor costs. Sky high oil costs, driven by international demand and foreign oil cartels, are impacting America's security and economic vitality.
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- Economist Explains High Food Costs Caused by Energy Costs
- New Report Explains Corn, Ethanol and Food Price Increases
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- Tyson Foods Living High on the Hog
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