Food Prices Spiking
UN agency: Global food prices up sharply in July
By VICTOR L. SIMPSON, AP
ROME — International food prices rose sharply in July after three months of decline, driven by a spike in grain and sugar prices, a United Nations report said Thursday.
Severe drought gripping the U.S. Midwest has sent corn prices soaring by almost 23 percent and expectations of worsened crop prospects in Russia because of dry weather sent world wheat prices up 19 percent.
The United States is the world's No. 1 exporter of corn, soybeans and wheat and the price hikes are expected to be felt across the international marketplace, hurting poor food-importing countries, said a study by British charity Oxfam issued on the eve of the U.N. report.
There's very little that I agree with Fidel Castro on. However a few years ago he went on a tear about how using food like corn to make ethanol for automobiles was an assault on poor people. And he was absolutely right.
First of all, I think that ethanol is a dumb idea but it's even dumber when you take one of the basic food staples to make it. And does it really make gasoline prices that much cheaper? I think not.
And frankly if the US government did not subsidize ethanol, it would fall of its own weight.
For Dante, it follows then, that the only way to get into Hell is to insist upon it. One must deliberately exclude himself from grace by hardening his heart against it. Hell is what the damned have actively and insistently wished for.
The man that hath no music in himself, nor is not moved with concord of sweet sounds is fit for treasons, stratagems and spoils. The motions of his spirit are dull as night and his affections dark as Erebus. Let no such man be trusted. Shakespeare