09 Aug '12, 4pm

Global food prices spike as stockpiles fall — and rain doesn’t EAT WHILE YOU CAN

Remember when we were suggesting that the drought would drive up food prices ? The drought is driving up food prices . In July, food prices jumped 6%, after three months of declines, according to the United Nations’ monthly Food Price Index released Thursday. The main drivers behind the increase? Grain prices. And more specifically, corn prices, which have hit record highs in recent weeks. According to the U.N. report, global corn prices surged nearly 23% in July, exacerbated by “the severe deterioration of maize crop prospects in the United States, following drought conditions and excessive heat during critical stages of the crop development.” … Food prices have been creeping up throughout the United States, as hot temperatures across the Midwestern and Western parts of the nation have dried out crops and driven up the price of corn and grain. The U.N. index of cereal pri...

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