from the L.A. Times:

Retired carpenter Joe Braus of Burbank spends about $200 a week on groceries, an amount he notices is rising fast.

But that hasn’t stopped him from shopping at Whole Foods Market in Burbank with his partner or making extra trips to specialty stores such as Sprouts Farmers Market and Trader Joe’s to find healthy alternatives, including grass-fed beef and free-range chicken.

“This is the way we eat,” said Braus, 72. “We eat natural. We eat organic and if it costs more we pay it.”

We are all paying for it, whether we eat healthy or not. Across the country, grocery prices have shot up 11.9% over the last 12 months — 10.9% in the Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim region — with the biggest jumps in meats, poultry, fish, eggs and vegetables, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.