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Biofuels and Food Prices: An Update

Posted June 6, 2010 | 17:44:02 (EST)

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 the last two years, so it may be a good time to revisit old arguments in the light of recent experience.

Between...

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Do Farm Policies Make Food Too Cheap or Too Expensive?

Posted May 28, 2010 | 18:36:16 (EST)

Critics agree that farm policies have a bad effect on food prices. What they can't agree upon is whether farm policies make food too cheap or too expensive.

One camp argues that farm subsidies cause overproduction of crops like corn. The resulting cheap food prices hurt farmers in other countries...

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