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Global food price spikes- a double-edged sword?

Some folks from the Stanford Center on Food Security and the Environment have a new policy piece out in the latest issue of Science exploring the effect of food commodity price spikes on food security for the world’s poor.  They point … Continue reading

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Speculation and food prices

Two interesting recent articles attributing recent food price spikes to market speculation in commodity futures: http://www.spiegel.de/international/world/0,1518,783654,00.html http://www.foreignpolicy.com/articles/2011/04/27/how_goldman_sachs_created_the_food_crisis?page=0,0 Interestingly, first-generation biofuels largely get a free pass in their assessment. If you needed another reason to dislike bankers and financiers….

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Meateaters: choose your meat based on GHG emissions!

Well here you have it.  Probably not very surprising, but nonetheless, if you have to eat meat, at least you can try to minimize your emissions.. Even vegetarians play a role here: Cheese generates the third-highest emissions, 13.5 kilos (29.7 … Continue reading

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USDA ERS take on current and past food price spikes

This is a really great analysis of the current and past food spikes.  Not something I can really summarize, so I encourage you to take a look at the full report.  It is definitely worth it. http://www.ers.usda.gov/Publications/WRS1103/ Of course, the … Continue reading

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The carbon abatement cost of REDD+: improving ag yields and household cooking efficiency

A new study in Nature Climate Change (http://www.nature.com/nclimate/journal/v1/n4/full/nclimate1145.html, or for a synopsis, http://af.reuters.com/article/tanzaniaNews/idAFN2711500320110529) estimates the Carbon Abatement Cost (CAC) of Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation, a.k.a. REDD+, implementation in Tanzania.  Deforestation in sub-Saharan Africa is driven primarily by … Continue reading

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One Billion Tons of Food

That’s how much the FAO estimates is lost per year due to “waste” and “losses” http://www.fao.org/news/story/en/item/74192/icode/ Industrialized and developing countries dissipate roughly the same quantities of food — respectively 670 and 630 million tonnes. Every year, consumers in rich countries … Continue reading

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Energy use in our food supply

So I read this ERS report when it came out recently and was really interested in how little of our “food dollar” actually goes to farmers and how much goes to marketing.  I’ll have to save that for another time. … Continue reading

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