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The rising cost of fresh produce

A recent report from the UK-based Overseas Development Institute (ODI) indicates that over the last two decades, the price of fresh produce has risen, while costs for highly processed foods have dropped in Brazil, China, Korea and Mexico. Public health analysts worry this will lead consumers to purchase more processed foods, already linked to poor health, instead of fruits and vegetables. We’ll talk with Steven Higgins, a lead researcher on the ODI paper. A vendor pets a dog as he waits for customers at a stall selling fruits in Beijing, Friday, Jan. 9, 2015. China's consumer inflation edged up in December as prices rose 1.5 percent from a year earlier, up from November's 1.4 percent increase, government data showed Friday. That was driven by sharp increases in the price of some food items, including 14 percent for eggs and 10.4 percent for fresh fruit. (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan)

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