Global food demand is rising so fast that farmers are beginning to have trouble keeping up. Projected world population growth, coupled with the new eating habits of a rising middle class, are likely to continue putting pressure on prices and boosting farm income levels for years to come.
Finding new sources of growth right now is tough. Innovation -- which fosters competitiveness, productivity, and job creation -- can help but with budgets stretched to the limit how can governments boost innovation in their economies?
I prefer looking at this subject from a data point of view, asking where America is "exceptional" compared to other wealthy countries where I am using the definition of "exceptional" to mean "unusual." This definition does not make a distinction about better or worse.
A blizzard of education reports and studies appears every year. This swirl of information, analysis, and commentary -- some of which is contradictory -- makes it difficult to understand the condition of America's public schools. In short, are the schools getting better or worse?
The Greek government is forecasting 0.6 percent economic growth in 2014, after six straight years of economic contraction. But the OECD doesn't agree with the Greek government's forecast of modest good news.
Growth is not as strong as we want it to be. Investment and exports are too low. To take on these issues, we need to keep bearing down on the deficit and making life easier for businesses -- both those already in the UK and international firms that want to invest.