A friend of my son in law's is a manager of the meat department at a local grocery. He tells me that there is now a noticable downturn in the organic meats and vegatables purchases at his store. They are now throwing away unsold products and are starting to order less for the foreseeable future. McDonalds showed a 4% increase in the fourth quarter in sales mainly due to the $1 meal deal. They anounced this morning that they will be opening 1000 new stores worldwide. More chocolate comfort food, beer, and soft drinks are being sold than last year. PG&E had a 5.6% rate increase for electricity started this past Jan 1. Gas prices have jumped 30+ cents over the last 2 months. How will the ever increasing higher cost of feed, electricity and biofuel affect your plans to raise your chickens? Will you start to purchase more of the traditional grown farm products ?