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Rising Fuel Prices Having Domino Effect on Food

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Wapato, WA -  Fuel prices are affecting how much you spend at the grocery store. 

Wapato Market Place tells KNDO that a dozen eggs costs them 40 cents more than a year ago.  And milk is up 40 cents a gallon since January. 

The dairy section at grocery stores has been hit hardest because diesel prices are increasing transportation costs.

Alternative fuels are also driving up corn prices, which impacts dairy because corn is what farmers use for feed.  But corn is also used in many other products that are found in a grocery store. 

One local grocer says soon other aisles at their store will be affected.

"If you have more uses for one product, but you are not making any more of it, you are gonna have to raise prices to slow down the demand," says Carla Hernandez, manager of Wapato Market Place.

She says their warehouse just informed them that they are raising prices on 27,000 items next month.