Look at it being ONE WAY the government gets it's overweight population to slim down- raise the cost of food.
U(C)SA corn prices go up due to government-mandated ethanol blend in our gasoline and worldwide weather disasters on crops.
Meat prices due to more cost for corn feed and worldwide cattle shortages caused by See Pp 2- according to this story in Sunday's DES MOINES REGISTER.
Fuel rises because OPEC is going to LET it rise- to pay for THEIR increased cost of imported food (not to mention loosely-regulated fuel-futures commodities trading- civil strife like Egypt).
Noose (rises too in taxes- fees- utilities) tightens on middle and lower-income Americans ... causing rising blood pressures (more unemployment- cuts).