When we heard about the weather in the mid west, my husband and I did the numbers and we couldn't make a case for worrying about food costs next year. We did not take into account any other factors than the floods and snow in the US. The African swine flu is projected to eradicate forty percent of all pork production this year. That's a world wide figure. Most of those losses will be in China. There are suggestions that this will raise prices on all meat world wide (because if bacon is too expensive, you might just go with turkey bacon). McDonald's has suggested this will raise their prices by two to three percent overall. I don't see how that can be, but I hope they have people who are better at math prediction than I am on staff. Pigs take two years to grow old enough to be slaughtered, so this is not a short term event. I'm not trying to be an alarmist, but to me it looks like there aren't a lot more moves in this game of jenga.