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Your food prices are at risk as the world runs short of workers

Fruit pickers harvest royal gala apples from trees in an orchard on a farm in Egerton, U.K., on Sept. 15, 2020. Foto: Bloomberg photo by Chris Ratcliffe. A "Help Wanted" sign in the window of a Chinese restaurant in San Gabriel, Calif., on March 23, 2021. Foto: Bloomberg photo by Jessica Pons. A dairy farmer dumps excess milk down a drain at a dairy farm in Ashford, U.K., on April 26, 2020. Foto: Bloomberg photo by Jason Alden.

Across the world, a dearth of workers is shaking up food supply chains.

In Vietnam, the army is assisting with the rice harvest. In the U.K., farmers are dumping milk because there are no truckers to collect it. Brazil's robusta coffee beans took 120 days to reap this year, rather than the usual 90. And American meatpackers are trying to lure new employees with Apple Watches while fast-food chains raise the prices of burgers and burritos...

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