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Global food crisis: Palm rush proves costly for Guatemala’s small farmers

The pursuit of palm oil profits by agribusinesses in Guatemala is fuelling a food crisis for the poor The area of Guatemala given over to palm plantations to produce agrofuel increased by 146% between 2005 and 2010, according to estimates by the … Continue reading

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Global food crisis: Counting the real cost of biofuels

A perfect storm of factors has driven the breathtaking rates of inflation and volatility in food markets over recent years, but biofuels have been the game changer This year, 40% of America’s corn crop will go into car engines rather … Continue reading

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Rush to Use Crops as Fuel Raises Food Prices and Hunger Fears

The starchy cassava root has long been an important ingredient in everything from tapioca pudding and ice cream to paper and animal feed. But last year, 98 percent of cassava chips exported from Thailand, the world’s largest cassava exporter, went to … Continue reading

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