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Peanut crops experienced one of the worst crop failures in recent history due to last summer's extremely hot temperatures. Producers of peanut-centric items, peanut butter companies in particular, are compensating for this by raising their prices. The Huffington Post ran an article recently that has alerted peanut-butter-loving people to be aware that prices are about to increase.
At The Coop we are already seeing price increases from our distributors and that price increase will also be reflected on the shelf. According to the Huffington Post, prices may jump from 24-40 percent.
Still concerned? Try Fair Trade rice that is not paddy grown, like Madagascar pink rice or Volcano rice. Both are available by special order at The Coop. White rice (which is essentially brown rice with the outer surface buffed off) is another option that may contain lower levels of arsenic.
Lundberg, the company that supplies us with many of our rice products, has posted some great information on their website, that may be helpful in your search for more information.