Tuesday, June 16, 2009

More from Richard Worzel: Food

There used to be three Fs in farming: Food, Feed and Fibre.

Now there are three more sources of income: Industrial feedstocks, Fuel, Farm-aceuticals. Farmers have lots of choices about what to grow and where to grow it. Result: price of corn going up, and crises in Germany and Mexico as beer, corn prices soar.

"There will be more pressure on food prices, because farmers have more alternatives."

Plus: more pressure on food prices because Chinese (and other developed nations) are consuming more calories (especially meat - which takes six times as much input per calorie as grains).

Says Worzel: "Think about what this means to you before it happens to you."

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