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Global Food Prices

Hedging Against Hunger: Our Best Bet to Avoid a Global Food Bubble

Danielle Nierenberg | Posted 04.10.2013 | Food
Danielle Nierenberg

Like the dotcom burst and the subprime mortgage crash, Wall Street speculators are driving a food commodities bubble to its breaking point. If it bursts, high food prices could become the new norm, impacting wallets and bellies everywhere

Where Bacon Is Just the Beginning

Tom Arnold | Posted 12.03.2012 | Impact
Tom Arnold

For you and me, it likely means that our favorite breakfast sandwich has a higher price tag. But for the world's poorest people, even the slightest price increase can force families to sell the few assets they have and pull their children out school.

Global Food Price Emergency May Be Averted

Reuters | Posted 11.13.2012 | Food

(Repeats to additional subscribers) * USDA report paints less severe corn crop picture than feared * FAO says situation...

UN: Food Price Crisis Unlikely

Reuters | Posted 11.06.2012 | Food

* FAO slashes its world cereals output, stocks forecast * FAO director-general calls for action to calm markets By Cathe...

Global Food Prices Down Sharply

AP | Posted 06.08.2012 | Food

ROME -- A U.N. agency says world food prices dropped sharply in May, reaching their lowest level in eight months due to favorable supplies and currenc...

You're Probably Going To Be Paying More For This

AP | Posted 03.08.2012 | Food

ROME -- International food prices have risen for the second time in two months, a U.N. agency said Thursday blaming bad weather in major exporting cou...

Food Prices Pull Back From Record Highs

AP | Posted 12.08.2011 | Food

ROME -- A U.N. food agency says global food prices have eased marginally, with wheat prices dropping by 3 percent. The Rome-based Food and Agricultur...

World Grain Production Recovering

Danielle Nierenberg | Posted 01.31.2012 | World
Danielle Nierenberg

Grain remains the foundation of the world's diet. It's important that we identify and implement more sustainable strategies in grain production, and prioritize grain availability for those who need it most.

Food Prices and the 7 Billionth Baby

Otaviano Canuto | Posted 01.03.2012 | World
Otaviano Canuto

Volatility is also affecting global food prices, and with them, millions of people in developing countries. So, just as the world marks the birth of the 7 billionth baby this week, his or her family might be struggling to put food on the table.

Famine, Food and the 'F' Word

Robert Walker | Posted 12.20.2011 | World
Robert Walker

Focus on the famine, but don't overlook the larger food picture. We simply don't know how -- or even whether -- the world can feed a population of 9 billion or higher by mid-century.

This Is Africa: A Rwandan Food Diary

Amy Dawson | Posted 11.13.2011 | UK
Amy Dawson

I'm writing this from a guesthouse in the Rwandan capital Kigali, watching the last scraps of sunlight drip down onto the city. And as a young journalist on her first big expedition, I can't pretend it doesn't give me a thrill just to write that location down.

Eighty Percent of Vitamin C Is Imported from China. Is it Safe?

Dara O'Rourke | Posted 08.31.2011 | Green
Dara O'Rourke

The dangers of an increasingly globalized supply chain for food and drugs are already visible. With imports and scandals rising, and government funding decreasing, the FDA will have to focus their limited resources to protect public health.

Corn Prices Suddenly Drop After Surprisingly Large Crop Estimate

Posted 08.31.2011 | Business

The nation’s farmers have planted the second-largest corn crop in nearly seven decades, the Agriculture Department reported Thursday, setting off a ...

How China's Growing Middle Class Is Raising Food Prices

AP | ALEXA OLESEN | Posted 07.11.2011 | Business

BEIJING — Hunger was such a constant companion in Yao Qizhong's childhood that even now, at age 40, he'll stoop down to salvage a single clove o...

Global Food Prices Hit Record High

Reuters | Svetlana Kovalyova | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

MILAN (Reuters) - Global food prices hit a record high in February, the United Nations said Thursday, warning that fresh oil price spikes and stockp...

Food Prices Push 44 Million Into Poverty: World Bank

Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

WASHINGTON -- Rising global food prices has pushed an estimated 44 million more people into extreme poverty in developing countries over the past eig...

UN World Food Program Faces 'Dire Shortage'

BBC News | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

The UN food agency says it is facing critical funding shortages that have forced it to cut aid deliveries to millions of people facing starvation....

Ug99 Fungus: Wheat Stem Rust Threatens 80 Percent Of World's Wheat

LA Times | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green

The spores arrived from Kenya on dried, infected leaves ensconced in layers of envelopes. Working inside a bio-secure greenhouse outfitted with moti...

Jordan First: A King's Modernization Motto Obscures a Palestinian Past and Iraqi Present.

Ahmed Shihab-Eldin | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Ahmed Shihab-Eldin

Soon, I would learn that the "Jordan First" initiative, first launched in 2002 with the stated goals of reform and democratization, now carried a meaning much deeper.

Food Riots Skyrocket, World Leaders Have No Solutions

Wall Street Journal | BOB DAVIS, DOUGLAS BELKIN | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

Finance ministers gathered this weekend to grapple with the global financial crisis also struggled with a problem that has plagued the world periodica...