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Food Prices

Ending World Hunger for the Price of a Burger

Stephan B. Tanda | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Stephan B. Tanda

While world coffers grew from a mere $1.35 trillion dollars in 1960 to over $60 trillion today, the number of empty stomach reached record levels. Tod...

This World Food Day, Rising Food Prices Are Back in the News. What's the World to Do?

Charles MacCormack | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Charles MacCormack

Food price protests have at times shined a spotlight on the plight of the urban poor, which is real and must be addressed. But the world must also address the plight of rural poor, even if it's less likely to make headlines.

GM Salmon Is Just Plain Wrong

Nick Joy | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Nick Joy

Forget all the theorizing about feeding the developing world -- the GM industry is about inventing animals or plants whose genetic structure is owned by a corporation.

How Real People on Real Budgets Can Afford Organic

Robyn O'Brien | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Robyn O'Brien

If your family is anything like mine, then you've most likely got some picky eaters, limited time and a limited budget in a world of soaring food prices. Here are a few tips for those who want to start buying organic food but don't want to pay the high price.

Paul Hawken: The High Cost of Cheap Food (Video)

Rebecca Gerendasy | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Rebecca Gerendasy

Paul Hawken eloquently explains how the price of food is divorced from its true costs, and what this really means for society, at large.

Food Prices Skyrocket

Posted 05.25.2011 | Home

From The Associated Press: WASHINGTON (AP) -- Wholesale prices rose more than expected last month as food prices surged by the most in 26 years. But ...

For Americans on a Budget, Meats Are the New Carbs

David Kirby | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
David Kirby

When I was in my 20's, my friends and I knew that the cheapest food available was made of carbs, and we survived on mounds of mac-n-cheese and home fries for lunch, and ramen, rice and beer for dinner. But animal factory farming has changed all that.

Reining in Speculation on Oil and Food Prices through the Financial Reform Bill

SAFER | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

By Robert Pollin, Department of Economics and Political Economy Research Institute (PERI), University of Massachusetts, Amherst and member of SAFER W...

Biofuels and Food Prices: An Update

Patrick Westhoff | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Patrick Westhoff

When U.S. food price inflation hit 5.5 percent in 2008, a lot of people pointed to growth in biofuel production as the culprit. A lot has happened in ...

Development Aid Is Working

Mark Suzman | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Mark Suzman

The world has witnessed greater absolute improvements in health, wealth, and education in the past decade than in any comparable period in human history.

Do Farm Policies Make Food Too Cheap or Too Expensive?

Patrick Westhoff | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Patrick Westhoff

Farm subsidies probably do make food cheaper, but the effect is not very big. Meanwhile, biofuel policies may do more to raise food prices than farm subsidies do to lower food prices.

Stumptown Coffee: Outshines Rival Starbucks

TIME | Josh Ozersky | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

Coffee aficionados have been asking the question over and over again: is Portland's Stumptown coffee, the most conspicuous exponent of Coffee's "Third...

Food Prices Poised To Rise

DailyFinance | Dan Burrows | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

If there's any silver lining to a recession -- albeit a thin one -- it's that consumer prices typically go down. Make no mistake, deflation is a sign ...

Land Grabbing Leads to Imported Aid, Exported Crop

Craig and Marc Kielburger | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Craig and Marc Kielburger

As food aid stamped with the World Food Programme's logo is shipped to Sudan, thousands of tons of wheat and rice are shipped out -- to Riyadh, Beijing and Seoul.

Intolerable Cruelty: Our Sick Children's Indebted Future

Robyn O'Brien | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Robyn O'Brien

In 1946, Harry Truman said, "A nation is only as healthy as its children." What have we done to ours?

Dan Barber on How the Next President Should Initiate the "Food Deal"

Louise McCready Hart | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Louise McCready Hart

"You can't delve into this issue without being invested in the political consequences of what we're encouraging our farmers to grow, what kind of policies are being written."

Jewel Slashing Prices At Chicago Grocery Stores

Crain's Chicago Business | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

Jewel-Osco is cutting prices up to 20% on thousands of items in a push to attract cash-strapped shoppers and fend of discounters....

Time to Invest....In the Poor

Josh Ruxin | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Josh Ruxin

At a time when the stock market is providing dizzyingly negative returns, it may be time to look at the conservative but positive returns that can be had by investing in subsistence-level farmers.

Elite Restaurants Nearly Desperate To Get You Back | FRANK BRUNI | Posted 05.25.2011 | Style

If you eat out regularly in New York, you've noticed a different reception, an altered mood: extreme solicitousness tinged with outright desperation....

Food Stamp Use Rose In 2008

Associated Press | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

SPRINGFIELD -- More Illinois residents turned to food stamps last year to get meals on the table. Nearly 1.4 million people in Illinois used food sta...

Ethanol and Water

Robert Glennon | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Robert Glennon

In the case of corn, it takes 2,500 gallons of water to grow enough corn to produce 1 gallon of ethanol. That's right, 2,500 gallons.

Report: Record Number Of Americans Using Food Stamps

Reuters | Roberta Rampton | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

Food stamps, the main U.S. antihunger program which helps the needy buy food, set a record in September as more than 31.5 million Americans used the p...

Food Prices Expected To Keep Rising

New York Times | Andrew Martin | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

For more than a year, food manufacturers have been shaving package sizes and raising prices, declaring that they had little choice because of unpreced...

Attention Shoppers (and Economic End Days Predictors): It's Not All Doom and Gloom

Katherine Goldstein | Posted 05.25.2011 | Style
Katherine Goldstein

We haven't all ripped up our debit cards and moved to the woods to forage on berries -- I decided to ask around my neighborhood grocery stores about how business was going.

Spam Sales Rising In Hard Times

New York Times | ANDREW MARTIN | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

The economy is in tatters and, for millions of people, the future is uncertain. But for some employees at the Hormel Foods Corporation plant here, tim...