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Illustration: Brendan Lynch/Axios

America's vegetarians and vegans are winning the inflation fight as meat prices go up while veggies get cheaper.

By the numbers: In June, Americans shelled out 6% and 5% more for beef steaks and roasts respectively. And they paid 5% more for pork chops, according to Consumer Price Index data reported by MarketWatch.

  • Meanwhile, canned vegetable prices dropped by 1.2% and frozen by 0.7%.
  • Another headache for meat lovers: Fast food chains are dealing with a fried chicken shortage as the country continues to feel the repercussions of the pandemic's disruption of meat-packing plants.

The big picture: About 5% of Americans are vegetarian and 3% are vegan, per Gallup. Despite greater attention to meat alternatives, that rate hasn't changed much in the last couple of decades.

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Economists caution against declaring victory over inflation

Data: FRED; Chart: Axios Visuals

The pace at which consumer prices rose in August cooled off by more than expected. But economists are stopping short of declaring that inflation has been transitory.

Why it matters: Since the beginning of the year, the rate of inflation has been above average.

Miriam Kramer, author of Space
2 hours ago - Science

All-civilian Inspiration4 is back on Earth after flight to space

A side-by-side of the Inspiration4 crew and a shot of their capsule on the way back to Earth. Photo: SpaceX

The all-civilian Inspiration4 crew is back on Earth after their three-day mission in orbit.

The big picture: The launch and landing of this fully amateur, private space crew marks a changing of the guard from spaceflight being a largely government-led venture to being under the purview of private companies.

28 U.S. citizens depart Afghanistan on Qatar Airways flight

Passengers board a Qatar Airways aircraft bound to Qatar at the airport in Kabul on September 10, 2021. Photo: Aamir Qureshi/AFP via Getty Images

The State Department on Saturday confirmed that a Qatar Airways charter flight left Kabul on Friday with 28 U.S. citizens and seven lawful permanent residents on board.

The big picture: Friday's flight is the third such airlift by Qatar Airways since the Taliban takeover of Afghanistan, AP reports.

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