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2008-07-24 09:00:52

Nicaraguans encouraged to eat poultry to combat global food crisis MANAGUA, July 22 (Xinhua) -- Nicaraguan Vice Minister of Industry and Commerce Veronica Rojas on Tuesday encouraged Nicaraguans to have poultry, vegetables and beans in their daily diet, as they remained largely unaffected by the global food crisis. Poultry, vegetables and beans were basic food with low and stable prices in the local market, Rojas told reporters. Nicaragua undergoes every Monday a rise in basic food...

2008-07-24 03:00:45

In a rare vehicle, Pyongyang television carries a programme detailing the causes and consequences of the global food crisis and exhorting viewers to attain "self-sufficiency in food" by concentrating on farming with their "own strength." This programme is aired on 22 July, the day DPRK media gave extensive coverage to a single detailed report on the global food crisis. At 1044 gmt on 22 July, Pyongyang Korean Central Television (KCTV) via Satellite in Korean carries an approximately...

2008-07-22 21:00:29

MOSCOW. July 22 (Interfax) - Inflation on food prices in Russia was almost four times higher than in the EU countries in the first half of 2008, the Federal State Statistics Service (Rosstat) said on Tuesday. Food prices in Russia grew 1.1% in June (and 12.9% in the first half) compared to 0.3% (3.5%) on average in the EU countries. The biggest jumps in food prices among EU countries in June were seen in the UK at 2.4%, Portugal - 1.6% and Latvia - 1.4%. Food prices dropped in a number of...

2008-07-21 06:00:32

By Matt Mckinney, Star Tribune, Minneapolis Jul. 21--This newspaper published its first issue in 1867, a year in which a potato bug ate its way across the state, decimating a staple food crop. Supplies dropped. Prices rose. A front-page story warned: "The all absorbing question will soon be, have we a potato among us?" Fears of a food shortage never have left us. It was front-page news then; it's front-page news now, with stories spilling out of some of the poorest corners of the world of...

2008-07-21 03:00:32

By Cochran, Diane Dinner parties at Monita Nemitz's house are rare events these days, and it's not because she and her husband don't enjoy hosting. It's because they can't afford to cook for a group. "Now when we invite people over, it's a potluck" Nemitz said. "Everyone knows this situation is getting scary. ... Our friends and family talk about it all the time." With retail food prices expected to rise as much as 5 percent over last year, families and business owners have begun...

2008-07-20 21:00:21

By Matt Mckinney, Star Tribune, Minneapolis Jul. 20--This newspaper published its first issue in 1867, a year in which a potato bug ate its way across the state, decimating a staple food crop. Supplies dropped. Prices rose. A front-page story warned: "The all absorbing question will soon be, have we a potato among us?" Fears of a food shortage never have left us. It was front-page news then; it's front-page news now, with stories spilling out of some of the poorest corners of the world of...

2008-07-16 15:00:07

By Kevin G. DeMarrais, The Record, Hackensack, N.J. Jul. 16--Consumer prices rose by 1 percent in the North Jersey-New York metropolitan area in June, the Bureau of Labor Statistics reported this morning. It was the second consecutive 1 percent increase, lifting the regional Consumer Price Index for the past 12 months to 4.5 percent. Nationally, the increases were larger as consumer prices shot up by 1.1 percent in June and 5 percent over the past 12 months, worse than forecast....

2008-07-15 09:01:01

New Zealand food prices up 8.2 pct WELLINGTON, July 15 (Xinhua) -- Food prices in New Zealand were at their highest level in 18 years with the average cost of food rose by 8.2 percent over the last year, Statistics New Zealand said on Tuesday. The last time food prices rose as quickly in one year was 1990. The biggest jumps are at the supermarkets, with grocery foods up 12.1 percent - much of that linked to increases in the cost of butter, cheese and milk. Fruit and vegetables...

2008-07-12 12:00:23

By Marv Balousek, The Wisconsin State Journal Jul. 12--Corn oil and flour prices led the way to a 4.3 percent hike in retail food prices during the second quarter of 2008, according to the Wisconsin Farm Bureau Federation's Market Basket Survey. A 48-ounce bottle of corn oil was up 93 cents, or 31 percent, from the first-quarter price of $3 while a five-pound bag of Gold Medal flour was $2.43, up 23.4 percent from $1.97 in the first quarter. The Market Basket Survey tracks the retail...

2008-07-11 12:00:48

By Marv Balousek, The Wisconsin State Journal Jul. 11--Corn oil and flour prices led the way to a 4.3 percent hike in retail food prices during the second quarter of 2008, according to the Wisconsin Farm Bureau Federation's Market Basket Survey. A 48-ounce bottle of corn oil was up 93 cents, or 31 percent, from the first-quarter price of $3 while a five-pound bag of Gold Medal flour was $2.43, up 23.4 percent from $1.97 in the first quarter. The Market Basket Survey tracks the retail...


Word of the Day
endocarp
  • The hard inner (usually woody) layer of the pericarp of some fruits (as peaches or plums or cherries or olives) that contains the seed.
This word comes from the Greek 'endon,' in, within, plus the Greek 'karpos', fruit.
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