Bird seed prices soar
By Judy Lowe
From The Christian Science Monitor
Gardeners who feed the birds have probably been wondering what’s up with the price of bird seed this year? Prices soar, then retreat a bit, then climb higher. There are a couple of reasons.
Last fall, black-oil sunflower seed (the most popular kind) becamse quite expensive for bird feeders because it was actually being turned into oil. Due to the high prices of corn and soy-based oils, restaurants and snack-food manufacturers turned to lower-priced sunflower oil for their frying needs.