Food Crisis And Commodities Market: Private Investors Could Help, Then Hurt

06/13/2008 05:12 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011

Huge investment funds have already poured hundreds of billions of dollars into booming financial markets for commodities like wheat, corn and soybeans.

But a few big private investors are starting to make bolder and longer-term bets that the world's need for food will greatly increase -- by buying farmland, fertilizer, grain elevators and shipping equipment.

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