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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...

2008-07-11 09:00:45

Philippine intelligence agency deployed for fear of prices crisis MANILA, July 11 (Xinhua) -- Amid warnings of possible civil unrest over soaring food and fuel prices, the Philippine government has included a military intelligence service in a superbody that would implement preventive measures to address the crisis, reports said on Friday. The government has included the Intelligence Service of the Armed Forces of the Philippines in the newly created Energy Contingency Task Force, a...

2008-07-10 06:00:35

By Rosen, Fred Food is the first thing; morals follow on. -Bertolt Brecht AT THE BEGINNING OF THIS DECADE, WHEN hunger was less desperate than it is today, the United Nations' Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) estimated that between 5 million and 6 million children died every year from malnutrition. In 2002, the group reported that of all the human beings on the planet, one in six suffered from chronic hunger. Since then, as subsistence fanning disappears and grain prices rise, things...

2008-07-10 03:00:23

ROME - Even with bigger crops, soaring food prices that have sparked unrest across the globe are likely to persist, threatening millions of people worldwide, a U.N. agency said Friday. Prices of bread, rice, milk, cooking oil and other basic foodstuffs have sharply increased in the past months in many developing countries, according to a report by the Rome-based Food and Agriculture Organization. Prices of wheat and rice have doubled compared to last year, while those of corn are more...

2008-07-09 00:00:22

STREET vendors selling fruit and vegetables should get priority over fast food stands for pitches in towns and cities to encourage people to eat their five-a-day portions, the Government says. Councils are being urged to give stalls selling healthy food first option on existing pitches and should consider setting up new sites to catch commuters to cut the 70,000 UK deaths blamed on poor diets each year. The idea is based on a New York scheme, where specially-branded "Green Carts" are...

2008-07-08 15:00:00

COOKING with Prudence. Not the title of the latest recipe book to hit the shelves but the message yesterday from Gordon Brown to Britons, each of whom wastes on average GBP420 worth of food each year. That creates an annual food mountain weighing 4.1m tonnes. Taking greater care with the food we buy, so that we use it before we waste it, was one of the Prime Minister's themes as he left for the G8 summit in Japan. But prudence should be exercised not only in the kitchen. Mr Brown urged people...

2008-07-08 09:00:46

The Group of Eight nations Tuesday urged that food export restrictions be removed and open and efficient agricultural and foot markets be supported. Export restrictions prolong and aggravate the current global food crisis, the nations said in a statement, and hinder humanitarian purchases of food commodities. G8 countries -- Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Russia, Britain and the United States -- also repeated their promotion of developing the development of open and efficient...

2008-07-08 09:00:46

By DOMINIC LAWSON Yes, I too was one of those told as a child to "think of the starving people in India" and eat up all the food left on my plate. Any retort on my part, such as that the starving people in India were welcome to it, was not always appreciated. Partly for this reason, I haven't tried a similar form of moral blackmail with my own children; and besides, there are no longer any famines in India, which is now a net exporter of food. On the other hand, it is undeniably the...

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2008-07-07 16:30:56

A new report says that Britain is set to launch a campaign to battle food waste in order to halt the increase of food prices across the globe. The Cabinet Office report calls for a reduction in food waste, adding that up to 40 percent of groceries can be lost before they are consumed due to poor processing, storage and transport. Households in the UK could see an average savings of £420 ($830) per year by not throwing away 4.1 million tons of food that could have been eaten, according...

2008-07-07 00:00:18

Research and Markets (http://www.researchandmarkets.com/research/d40df4/living_in_a_materi) has announced the addition of the "Living in a Material World: The Commodity Connection" report to their offering. At a time when the world is grappling with rising food and energy prices and climate change, Living in a Material World provides an insight into some of the contributing factors behind these challenges. The emergence of new consumers in China, India, Russia and the Middle East has...


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jument
  • A beast of burden; also, a beast in general.
'Jument' ultimately comes from the Latin 'jugum,' yoke.
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