Latest food prices Stories

2012-04-19 21:08:55

As biofuel production has increased — particularly ethanol derived from corn — a hotly contested competition for feedstock supplies has emerged between the agricultural grain markets and biofuel refineries. This competition has sparked concern for the more fundamental issue of allocating limited farmland resources, which has far-reaching implications for food security, energy security and environmental sustainability. Numerous studies of land use, food prices, environmental...

2012-03-28 17:32:54

Report offers roadmap for action by global leaders to create a sustainable food system Nearly one billion people in the world are undernourished, while millions suffer from chronic disease due to excess food consumption. Global demand is growing for agricultural products and food prices are rising, yet roughly one-third of food produced for human consumption is lost or wasted. Climate change threatens more frequent drought, flooding and pest outbreaks, and the world loses 12 million...

2011-10-11 20:18:06

Governments should target aid towards individual households threatened with poverty because of soaring food costs rather than intervene in the markets to try to lower prices, according to research funded by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC). Governments in poorer countries should pay cash benefits directly to poor families instead of interventions such as price subsidies or controls. This type of interference causes distortions of the food markets and does not help the...

2011-07-14 13:08:00

Online Petition Seeks Support for End to Corn-based Ethanol's Federal Support WASHINGTON, July 14, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The connection between rising food prices and federal support for corn-based ethanol is explained in a new website, http://www.cornforfoodnotfuel.com/, launched today by organizations whose members produce and process the majority of meat and poultry in the United States. Food prices are up - meat and poultry prices specifically are up 8.5 percent from a...

2011-06-16 12:01:00

KANSAS CITY, Mo., June 16, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Rising food prices are causing poor children and families in developing countries to sink deeper into hunger and malnutrition, according to Children International, a leading U.S.-based humanitarian organization. To view the multimedia assets associated with this release, please click: http://multivu.prnewswire.com/mnr/childreninternational/46389/ (Photo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20110616/MM19381 ) According to the Food and...

2011-03-09 06:20:00

Food production in many of the world's poorest regions could as much as double with small-scale "eco-farming," a system that could also help fight climate change, the United Nations reported Tuesday. As the worldwide population continues to expand, world hunger is a growing fear, especially in underdeveloped countries. Currently, more than a billion people -- roughly 14 percent of the world's population -- live on less than a dollar per day. Food prices have surged in recent years due to...

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