Trump’s Tariffs Are Going To Make Your Food More Expensive

Soybean growers will be among the hardest hit from Chinese tariffs. Photo credit: Cristina M. Fletes/TNS/NewscomSoybean growers will be among the hardest hit from Chinese tariffs. Photo credit: Cristina M. Fletes/TNS/NewscomFood prices are rising. And they’re soon likely to soar even more.

The coming spike, which will hurt millions of Americans, didn’t have to be. It’s due on the one hand to the Trump administration’s plans to impose mind-numbingly stupid tariffs on China and other U.S. trade partners and, on the other hand, by retaliatory tariffs imposed by China and others in return.

American food producers, many of which aren’t doing particularly well to begin with, are sounding the alarm over the tariffs.

For example, retaliatory tariffs imposed by Canada on U.S. foods and other goods are expected to hurt beleaguered American orange-juice producers and the soup maker Campbell’s, which is already struggling with falling sales. In addition to orange juice and soup, the Canadian tariffs single out U.S. chocolate, ketchup, yogurt, beef, coffee, maple syrup, and salad dressings.

Quartz published a list this week of the more than 6,000 Chinese products the Trump administration has slapped with tariffs. I read through the list, which begins with frozen cuts of meat of swine and ends with acetic acid esters. My scrolling fingers cramped well before I could identify anything on the list that isn’t a food or agricultural product.

In response, China has targeted “American farm products” with its own retaliatory tariffs. The European Union has also imposed duties on U.S. peanut butter imports, part of a $3.4 billion set of retaliatory tariffs.

The impact of these tariffs on food producers is already being felt. One Seattle distillery that planned to expand its workforce and export its spirits scrapped those plans completely due to the tariffs. North Dakota soybean growers have seen China—the biggest buyer of U.S. soybeans—cancel orders.

Worries over the growing trade war are also evident abroad. In Canada, for example, food retailer Empire is warning it may have to

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