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2008-07-03 18:00:26

G-8 Eager to Tackle Food Crisis at Toyako Summit Tokyo, July 3 (Jiji Press)--Japan, chair of this year's Group of Eight summit, has added the global food crisis to the meeting's agenda, hoping that the G-8 countries will send what Prime Minister Yasuo Fukuda calls "a strong message" to the world on ways to tackle the problem. This will not be an easy task to accomplish, however, as indicated by the recent failure of a U.N.-sponsored food summit in Rome due to disagreements about such...

2008-07-03 12:00:41

By The Yomiuri Shimbun Jul. 1--TOKYO -- The upcoming Group of Eight summit meeting will urge several countries, including some developing nations, that have restricted farm product exports to exercise voluntary restraint in doing so, government sources said Tuesday. The request will be made in the form of a special document about the ongoing food crisis to be issued during the summit. The document, which the G-8 major nations are set to adopt at the annual gathering, to take...

2008-07-01 15:00:37

TOKYO _ The upcoming Group of Eight summit meeting will urge several countries, including some developing nations, that have restricted farm product exports to exercise voluntary restraint in doing so, Japanese government sources said Tuesday. The request will be made in the form of a special document about the ongoing food crisis to be issued during the summit. The document, which the G-8 major nations are set to adopt at the annual gathering, to take place this year in Toyakocho, Japan,...

2008-07-01 09:00:47

By Keith Bradsher and Andrew Martin At least 29 countries have sharply curbed food exports in recent months to ensure that their people have enough to eat, at affordable prices. When it comes to rice, India, Vietnam, China and 11 other countries have limited or banned exports. Fifteen countries, including Pakistan and Bolivia, have capped or halted wheat exports. More than a dozen have limited corn exports. Kazakhstan has restricted exports of sunflower seeds. The restrictions are...

2008-06-29 06:02:31

By Patrick Garmoe, Duluth News-Tribune, Minn. Jun. 29--The $3-a-dozen sign for fresh eggs at the Rice Lake Township farm tells the tale. "I just upped our price," from $2.50, Patty Prudden said. "Even at $3 a dozen, I'm basically giving them away." The weekly 50-pound bag of feed for her family's 40 chickens cost $12.95 in May. Now it's $15. She also enjoys giving her eggs away for free, but the good will is getting expensive. Things aren't looking much better at Super One Foods...

2008-06-25 03:02:34

By Lohmar, Bryan Gale, Fred * China is a net food exporter, and its food exports, as well as its imports, are growing. * China's capacity to continue food export growth is constrained by intense competition for limited resources by nonagricultural industry and other sectors of the economy. * Intensive use of chemical inputs has led to deteriorating environmental quality, which may affect China's future production capacity and cause problems in export markets. In the 1990s, many analysts...

2008-06-25 00:02:32

T He queues at the petrol pumps have subsided but the headlines now warn us of the economic doom that is to follow. It appears the higher cost of food and fuel is here to stay and will take its toll not just nationally, but globally. So why are oil prices so high? The truth, quite unbelievably, is that no one actually knows! Don't get me wrong, there is certainly no shortage of possible theories. Among the most popular are that there is a shortage of oil in the world and the OPEC...

2008-06-24 12:02:48

By Kym Klass, Montgomery Advertiser, Ala. Jun. 23--Faced with higher and higher food and beverage costs, restaurants in the River Region are struggling to keep menu prices reasonable and still stay in business. Food and beverage costs account for about a third of restaurants' expenses, according to the National Restaurant Association. Since restaurants only average a profit of 4 percent to 6 percent, when food prices go up, the impact on the bottom line is dramatic. Tough choices...

2008-06-24 12:02:48

After the prices of wheat and eggs soared during the past year, supermarket shoppers now find they're spending an extra quarter for each pound of pasta. Four sticks of margarine cost an extra 60%. Even the cold glass at the frozen food section has become foreboding: Ice cream is up nearly 6%. But walk down other aisles, and the outlook doesn't seem as grim. Corn and wheat prices may have doubled in the past year, but somehow breakfast cereal prices have stayed relatively flat. Forgive...

2008-06-24 02:30:19

China expects a bumper summer grain harvest of 120 million tons, the fifth consecutive year of such record output, despite major natural disasters. The output will be 2.5 million tons more than last year, Chinese Agriculture Minister Sun Zhengcai said, Xinhua reported. Summer crops usually account for about 23 percent of the nation's annual grain output. The minister said this the first time China has achieved five years of consecutive bounty harvest since the Communist party took over...


Word of the Day
cock-a-hoop
  • Exultant; jubilant; triumphant; on the high horse.
  • Tipsy; slightly intoxicated.
This word may come from the phrase 'to set cock on hoop,' or 'to drink festively.' Its origin otherwise is unclear. A theory, according to the Word Detective, is that it's a 'transliteration of the French phrase 'coq a huppe,' meaning a rooster displaying its crest ('huppe') in a pose of proud defiance.' Therefore, 'cock-a-hoop' would 'liken a drunken man to a boastful and aggressive rooster.'
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