Biden to visit Illinois farm to highlight Russia’s soaring food prices

The visit comes as the White House struggles to bring inflation under control on many fronts, from gasoline to food. Gasoline prices in the United States soared on Tuesday, and Russia’s invasion of Ukraine in late February – which Moscow calls a “special operation” – has significantly worsened the outlook for food prices.

The UN food agency recently said food prices hit an all-time high in February and again in March. Russia and Ukraine account for almost a third of the world’s wheat and barley, and two-thirds of the world’s exports of sunflower oil used for cooking.

“He’s going to talk about the support we need to continue to give to farmers so that they can continue to produce more and more domestically to address the food shortages we’re seeing in some parts of the world,” Jen Psaki said on Tuesday. -word of the White House.

Mr. Biden will also speak at the 40th International Convention of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers. The convention, originally scheduled for last August, has been postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Mr Biden is expected to talk about his support for unions, infrastructure investment and the energy industry, Ms Psaki said.

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