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04:53 PM on 05/05/2011
Is there anything that isn't linked to global warming?
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librldem
Snarking for Merika n jebus! Glory!
05:06 PM on 05/05/2011
probably not hence the word 'GLOBAL', a term denied by flat earthers and birthers also too! lol
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blueshield
05:22 PM on 05/05/2011
You tell me - what's not affected by the earth's atmosphere and oceans?
04:51 PM on 05/05/2011
Hilarious! I am sure global warming has everything to do with gold, silver, oil, etc going through the roof...
I do know that global warming / the environmentalist movement is one of the big drivers of rare earth metal prices.. perhaps you should look into how clean it is to extract those from mother earth...
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librldem
Snarking for Merika n jebus! Glory!
05:07 PM on 05/05/2011
Oil went down under $100 today, don't expect $1.85 at the pump anytime soon.... but big oil profits shattered the roof.
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TheIndependentView
What the hell are YOU looking at?
04:45 PM on 05/05/2011
Good Dollar Menu items nearly everywhere. Beg or choose, can't do both.
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relians
E = Fb
04:44 PM on 05/05/2011
1 calorie of food uses 10 calories of fossil fuel to get to your plate.
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04:48 PM on 05/05/2011
That number heavily depends on what you eat and where it came from. The pears in my garden require nearly no energy to get onto my plate. Beef from Australia on the other hand requires a lot of energy.
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relians
E = Fb
04:54 PM on 05/05/2011
you got it, hans! the food i buy from fresh and easy comes from local farms. that is the ticket. no large corporate farms buy local. better for you, better for all.
06:26 PM on 05/05/2011
The 100-mile diet makes a huge impact... on both the ecology and the economy.
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Dean Robichaux
04:43 PM on 05/05/2011
Keep grasping at straws wackos. It's the economy stupid!!!
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04:43 PM on 05/05/2011
Global warming may have contributed some to the rise of food prices. Certainly, a significant effect is obviously the price of energy. Modern agriculture depends heavily on energy, not only due to the machinery used, but also due to the use of chemical fertilizers and pesticides, which require energy to be mined, synthesized, processed, shipped, etc.. One solution to reduce energy use in agriculture is to try to encourage methods of growing food that rely on less chemical products and through more local use of agricultural products instead of shipping them around the world. Each person can contribute by trying to shop for more local produce and by perhaps growing some food in their own garden.
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heymack
In an insane world, a sane man must appear insane.
04:41 PM on 05/05/2011
Food prices are rising primarily because of 3 reasons:

(1) Falling value of the dollar due to overwhelming deficit spending and 2 quantitative easements (modern for printing money)  --- this is the root cause of all inflation we are seeing now.

(2) Using corn for ethanol production and thus driving up the price of corn, a raw material for most processed food.  The rise in corn prices is passed on to the consumer.

(3) The rise of gas and oil prices mostly due to the falling dollar, Asian rises in demand and turmoil in the Middle East. All food production and distribution have major costs associated with energy and must pass on these costs to the consumer.
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jimboy71
Hen Diapheron Heautoi
04:43 PM on 05/05/2011
And the floods in Pakistan, and the fires in Russia, and the continued floods in Canada...etc, etc, etc...
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realpolitic
Obama does care!
04:52 PM on 05/05/2011
Food prices are rising all over the world and has little to do with the fall of the dollar.
05:12 PM on 05/05/2011
Oil and agricultural commodities are quoted and traded in dollars. Thus the value of the dollar CLEARLY has an impact on prices given that oil prices add to said food prices. And obviously, agri-commodities being quoted in dollars doesn't help either.

Unfortunately many country currencies have not appreciated against the dollar to offset the impact of the weak dollar on food prices.

To say it has little to do with food prices is obtuse to say the least.
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rjmtx
blah blah blah
05:12 PM on 05/05/2011
Oil is traded in dollars. Falling worth of the dollar, raises oil prices. Food moves, is fertilized, and packaged largely by oil these days. Rising oil prices = rising food prices. Oil prices rise on speculation and the falling dollar.
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mikey09
Living off the grid.
04:39 PM on 05/05/2011
Food prices will continue to climb for the near future, just no way around it. Climate issues, fuel prices, land use problems....and expect more "bad" food problems, urban sprawl will force pig farms to locate near the lettuce fields, causing poo run off from the pig farm to contaminate the lettuce (example).....best action is for people to start growing as much of their own foods as possible and preserving them...learn some of the old ways and you might not go hungry.
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bboyy
04:39 PM on 05/05/2011
can people STOP having children....just stop for awhile..
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jimboy71
Hen Diapheron Heautoi
04:44 PM on 05/05/2011
Most of the developed countries have. It's not kids, it's overconsumption.
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04:51 PM on 05/05/2011
It depends on the product of the number of people and how much each consumes. While a few countries have declining populations, overall population is growing rapidly. Population growth certainly has an significant effect.
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KarlaElisa
The atmosphere is Toxic
04:54 PM on 05/05/2011
god, i wish they would. they should institute a 'lottery' to allow X number per year for a long, long time. we really should trim about 6 billion off the planet if people want to live like Americans currently live.
04:20 PM on 05/05/2011
The journal Science is the one of the most respected scientific publications in the US, if not the most respected. Two quotes from dissenting opinions were cited, but neither said the article wast wrong. The first stated that farmers ability to deal with rising temperatures were not made clear, and the second stated that a purely statistical approach "undermines the results."

More people are agreeing that temperatures are going up, but now the issue is whether it man-made or a natural cyclic phenomena. Even if you attribute the increase something other than man's actions, to deal with it remains the same. Humanity has to cut carbon emissions, and acknowledge that population control will be necessary.
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John Mainstream
I'm a Clinton Democrat that is now an independent.
04:13 PM on 05/05/2011
Wrong green. Rising food and gas prices are due to the decline in the value of the dollar...the greenback.
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relians
E = Fb
04:46 PM on 05/05/2011
we don't have greenbacks anymore, they are federal reserve notes.
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KarlaElisa
The atmosphere is Toxic
04:59 PM on 05/05/2011
no, there are more people every day and there were huge crop losses thanks to floods, droughts, fires and freezing where freezing does not typically happen. we also are seeing UG99, a wheat virus hop around the globe, wiping out crops. the world is really poised for a real problem in terms of shortages if the right combo of bad things with weather/viruses/pestilence occur. but i'll grant you that rising prices in fuel are also going to play a huge factor and more money is going to be required to come close to what your accustomed to purchasing.
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ILoveFiction
That's unbelievable!
03:55 PM on 05/05/2011
Ouch.

In other news "Lake level records date back to at least the middle 1800s along Champlain, and this flood eclipses them all."

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