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Listening to the news, we here in Newfoundland and Labrador hear about escalating food prices causing upheaval and riots in other countries. Food here is still relatively cheap, but costs are rising and we're starting to notice a painful reality when we check those grocery bills every week.

Newfoundland and Labrador faces unique challenges when it comes to ensuring a steady, cheap supply of food. It's hard to get here, and it's expensive. Fuel prices are among the highest in the country and they won't be going down any day soon. As well, while we have local food suppliers, our local food industry faces issues of climate, distribution and, those high fuel prices as well.

We produce only 10 per cent of what we consume in Newfoundland and Labrador. It's possible there is more produce grown in the backyards of Toronto than right here, in Newfoundland and Labrador.

Our Morning Shows across the province have stories on the fuel meets food issue; how transportation companies don't know from one week to the next what price to quote their customers; how small grocery stores like Belbin's in St. John's are trying to keep their customers by keeping costs down, at the same time hoping they don't lose big-time.

Our reporters explore what could happen if ferries and aircraft and trucks stop running, and food warehouses in this province start to run out. They'll raise the question of how we've become so dependent on outside sources, and ask the food producers what we need to do to change.