This is an important New York Times story that every American should read: Those droughts from this summer are going to have very real consequences in the next few months.

Scorching heat and the worst drought in nearly a half-century are threatening to send food prices up, spooking consumers and leading to worries about global food costs.

On Wednesday, the government said it expected the record-breaking weather to drive up the price for groceries next year, including milk, beef, chicken and pork. The drought is now affecting 88 percent of the corn crop, a staple of processed foods and animal feed as well as the nation’s leading farm export.

Sounds like vegans who eat local, unprocessed foods are going to be hurt the least by all this.