Our national nightmare is over.
Fears of an ongoing shortage of peanuts and hence peanut butter (which, if it isn't a food group, should be) have been alleviated by a record peanut crop.
According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, the 2012 peanut harvest should hit 6.1 billion pounds, topping the 2008 record of almost 5.2 billion pounds.
The increase has cut peanut prices by more than half since the spring, prompting makers of peanut butter to say retail prices should come down in coming months.
"We're happy to be back into a normal supply situation after two years of droughts and high heat," Patrick Archer, president of the American Peanut Council, told the Wall Street Journal. "There will be some easing of consumer prices as a result."