Food prices on the rise, are you ready?

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Food prices on the rise, are you ready?

CREATED Aug. 10, 2012

One group is ready for food prices to rise and says, you should be too.

Reporter: Tammy Vo

TUCSON (KGUN9-TV) - On Friday, the government slashed its forecasts for U.S. corn and soybean production for a second month, predicting what could be the lowest average corn yield in more than 15 years. Everyone will feel it, but some less than others. Iris Rosado is one of them.

"Unfortunately it's a reality. This has been one of the hottest summers on record, I believe and it's affecting a lot of the crops across the U.S." said Rosado. She's part of a growing movement of "preppers" who are people who've made a lifestyle out of stocking up on goods, in preparation for food shortages and disasters. Rosado says that everyone should be prepared.

On Saturday, hundreds of preppers will show up at the Tucson Expo Center for the first ever Arizona Survivalist/Prepper Expo where they will learn more about how to prepare for food shortages, economic crisis or major disasters.

"People could start with very simple things like non-perishable foods. That would be a good way to start" says Rosado. She is a former New Yorker came to Tucson and opened the Survival, Preparedness and Emergency Kits store on Broadway  after seeing the chaos that erupted in New York grocery stores after 9/11. "One never knows. You want to be optimistic and hope for the best. You hope for the best and plan for the worst" she said.

The Prepper movement is growing in Tucson. KGUN 9 recently introduced you to Avery Horton who stocks his pantry every time he sees a sale so that when disaster strikes, he's ready.

"If I got that knock on the door and they said you have five minutes to get out of here, I could grab my pack, a 30 day supply of food,  throw some things from the freezer into the cooler, some jugs of water and I'm out of here" said Horton.

If you would like to attend the Arizona Survivalist/Prepper Expo, here's some information. For more details click here:

Tucson Expo Center, 3750 E. Irvington Rd.

August 11, 2012