Monthly Archives: February 2011

The world is one poor harvest away from chaos

In early January, the U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) reported that its Food Price Index had reached an all-time high in December, exceeding the previous record set during the 2007-08 price surge. Even more alarming, on Feb. 3, the FAO … Continue reading

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Unfriend Coal

A timely story about Mark Zuckerberg, a friendly blue giant, and dirty old coal.

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UK firms blamed for food price hike

Banks and hedge funds in London are coming under increasing scrutiny over their practice of speculating on food prices. The allegation is that financial institutions are buying up vast stocks of food, thereby forcing prices to rise. This comes as food … Continue reading

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