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With the warmer weather upon us and grilling season in full swing, Canadians may have noticed their grocery bill at the meat counter has been a little harder to swallow as of late. In fact, in the past four months, the price of ground beef has risen by 5 per cent, steak and bacon are up 4 per cent, and chicken is up 3 per cent, according to Statistics Canada data. “What’s unusual this year is that all three components of the meat trifecta – chicken, pork, and beef – they’re all expensive,” Sylvain Charlebois, a professor in food distribution and policy at Dalhousie University, told CTV’s Your Morning on Wednesday. “Very rarely you see chicken go up by 4 or 5 per cent a year, it actually did happen this year.” While extreme weather and poor agricultural conditions are typically to blame for the rising cost of food, in this case Charlebois said global food supply chains have been greatly affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. “Costs have gone up,” he said. “That’s the reality for packaging, logistics, everything and if you’ve noticed, the price of oil has gone up and so to move things around, it’s costing more as well.”

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