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  • In the middle of the “hottest year ever” come record wheat harvests

    09/05/2016 11:24:16 PM PDT · by onona · 9 replies
    WUWT ^ | 5 SEP 2015 | Anthony Watts
    From the “Paul Ehrlich is still spectacularly wrong” department: Malthus Chokes on Bumper Wheat Crop A generation after leading scientists and experts warned the world of an escalating series of horrendous famines, the crop gluts continue. The latest kick in the pants to the Malthusian doomsayers is a bumper global wheat harvest. Defying not only the Club of Rome doomsayers, but also the climate Chicken Littles who have been warning about damage from rising temperatures to world agriculture, food production is booming even as meteorologists call July 2016 the hottest month ever.
  • Diabetes patients could benefit from Kamut-khorasan wheat finds study

    06/20/2016 10:55:17 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 19 replies ^ | 15 Feb 2016 | Vince Bamford
    Replacing modern wheat with ancient grain khorasan can benefit consumers with type 2 diabetes, according to a new study.
  • Clemson's first harvest of ancient Southern wheat exceeds expectations

    06/20/2016 10:37:51 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 45 replies ^ | 06-20-2016 | by Jim Melvin & Provided by: Clemson University
    Clemson University scientist Brian Ward and his team harvested about 145 pounds of Purple Straw seed, which was grown from less than half a pound. Credit: Scott Miller / Clemson University ================================================================================================= The first step of an ongoing-process designed to bring a valuable heirloom wheat back from the brink of extinction has been completed with flying colors. Last month, Clemson University scientist Brian Ward and his team harvested about 145 pounds of Purple Straw seed, which was grown from less than half a pound. Purple Straw is the only heirloom wheat to have been cultivated continually in the South from...
  • Demand for farm loans surges amid low crop, cattle prices

    12/01/2015 11:56:56 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 15 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Dec. 1, 2015 2:54 PM EST | Roxana Hegeman
    The nation's net farm income is the lowest since 2002, and with another year of low commodity prices, demand for agriculture loans is surging as farmers struggle to make ends meet. [...] Agricultural lenders say they are seeing people who had operating loans requesting larger ones, and some who had operated with cash are borrowing money. But it's unlikely the current run on loans will be anything like the farm credit crisis of the 1980s, when those who survived the significant year-to-year losses were without large debts to repay. ...
  • Barley and wheat residues in Neolithic cemeteries of Central Sudan and Nubia

    02/10/2015 12:15:00 AM PST · by SunkenCiv · 5 replies
    Past Horizons ^ | February 9, 2015 | PLOS ONE
    A research team successfully identified ancient barley and wheat residues in grave goods and on teeth from two Neolithic cemeteries in Central Sudan and Nubia, showing that humans in Africa were already exploited domestic cereals 7,000 years ago and thus five hundred years earlier than previously known. Dr. Welmoed Out from Kiel University said, “With our results we can verify that people along the Nile did not only exploit gathered wild plants and animals but had crops of barley and wheat.” These types of crops were first cultivated in the Middle East about 10,500 years ago and spread out from...
  • Water's role in the rise and fall of the Roman Empire

    12/13/2014 6:19:39 PM PST · by SunkenCiv · 39 replies
    Science Daily ^ | December 11, 2014 | European Geosciences Union
    Smart agricultural practices and an extensive grain-trade network enabled the Romans to thrive in the water-limited environment of the Mediterranean, a new study shows. But the stable food supply brought about by these measures promoted population growth and urbanisation, pushing the Empire closer to the limits of its food resources... Brian Dermody, an environmental scientist from Utrecht University, teamed up with hydrologists from the Netherlands and classicists at Stanford University in the US. The researchers wanted to know how the way Romans managed water for agriculture and traded crops contributed to the longevity of their civilisation. They were also curious...
  • USDA: Genetically modified wheat found in Montana

    09/27/2014 10:38:21 AM PDT · by LucyT · 79 replies
    AP ^ | Sep 26, 2013 | MARY CLARE JALONICK
    Unregulated genetically modified wheat... in a second location in the United States... in Montana, the Agriculture Department said Friday. The department said it is investigating the discovery of the Montana wheat, which is a different variety than the genetically modified wheat found in Oregon.
  • Russia's Grain Exports Hit Record High in August

    09/09/2014 3:10:34 AM PDT · by wetphoenix · 4 replies
    Russia, one of the world's largest wheat exporters, has supplied 4.7 million tons of all grains including pulses to its customers abroad in August. Its top customers are in North Africa and the Middle East. Russian wheat prices rose for a second straight week thanks to a record pace of August exports, high domestic demand and weak rouble that offset continuing harvesting, analysts said on Monday.
  • Wheat Gluten Confirmed to Promote Weight Gain

    07/12/2014 4:11:32 PM PDT · by Renfield · 41 replies
    The Epoch Times ^ | 7-10-2014 | Sayer Ji
    New research confirms some of the basic tenets of the Wheat Belly, a book by Dr. William Davis, which argues that wheat avoidance results in healthy weight loss.Published in Journal of Nutritional Biochemistry this month, and titled “Gluten-free diet reduces adiposity, inflammation and insulin resistance associated with the induction of PPAR-alpha and PPAR-gamma expression,” researchers compared the effects of a gluten-based diet to a gluten-free diet in mice.Researchers Noted Gluten exclusion (protein complex present in many cereals) has been proposed as an option for the prevention of diseases other than coeliac disease. However, the effects of gluten-free diets on obesity...
  • Government Spends Money to Create Obesity Epidemic & Then Regulates Us to “Help”

    07/04/2014 12:07:25 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 25 replies
    Political Outcast ^ | July 3, 2014 | Mark Horne
    I mentioned two days ago the decision of schools to ban birthday cupcakes. Michelle Obama is essentially fighting with students to get them to change what they eat. But what is missing from this story is the proper context. The fact is that our bad eating habits are getting encouraged by taxpayer money. In fact, the government arguably changed our dietary habits to their present behavior. The Foundation for Economic Education came out with an article yesterday about dealing with “food deserts.”
  • Wheat prices drop on Russian crop outlook

    06/10/2014 8:03:36 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 4 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jun 10, 2014 4:05 PM EDT
    Wheat prices fell Tuesday as the outlook for the crop in Russia improves amid cooler and wetter weather. The price of wheat for July delivery fell 11.25 cents, or 1.8 percent, to $6.01 a bushel. Wheat prices have slumped 17 percent in the last two months. The drop comes after a surge at the start of the year that was driven by concern that supplies would be crimped amid tensions between Russia and Ukraine, both big wheat exporters. …
  • 'Rice theory' explains north-south China cultural differences, study shows

    05/09/2014 8:49:55 AM PDT · by fishtank · 26 replies ^ | May 9, 2014 | PhysOrg Dot Com
    'Rice theory' explains north-south China cultural differences, study shows A new cultural psychology study has found that psychological differences between the people of northern and southern China mirror the differences between community-oriented East Asia and the more individualistic ...
  • Ancient nomads spread earliest domestic grains along Silk Road, study finds

    04/05/2014 8:57:03 AM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 15 replies
    EurekAlert! ^ | April 1, 2014 | Gerry Everding
    Charred grains of barley, millet and wheat deposited nearly 5,000 years ago at campsites in the high plains of Kazakhstan show that nomadic sheepherders played a surprisingly important role in the early spread of domesticated crops throughout a mountainous east-west corridor along the historic Silk Road... "Ancient wheat and broomcorn millet, recovered in nomadic campsites in Kazakhstan, show that prehistoric herders in Central Eurasia had incorporated both regional crops into their economy and rituals nearly 5,000 years ago, pushing back the chronology of interaction along the territory of the 'Silk Road' more than 2,000 years," Frachetti said... ...several strains of...
  • Green Revolution leader Norman Borlaug statue unveiled at U.S. Capitol

    03/26/2014 12:07:46 AM PDT · by barmag25 · 19 replies
    WASHINGTON — The father of the so-called Green Revolution has a permanent home in the U.S. Capitol. Lawmakers unveiled a statue of Norman Borlaug on Tuesday in a ceremony on what would have been his 100th birthday. The Iowa native and University of Minnesota graduate is credited with saving as many as 1 billion people from hunger by creating a type of wheat that was disease resistant and high-yielding. Borlaug, who died in 2009, won the 1970 Nobel Prize for his work and has been awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom and the Congressional Gold Medal. His likeness will join...
  • USDA will not take action in case of GMO alfalfa contamination

    09/23/2013 8:17:27 AM PDT · by opentalk · 31 replies
    Reuters ^ | September 17, 2013 | Carey Gillam
    The detection of a small amount of genetically modified material in a Washington state farmer's non-GMO alfalfa crop constitutes a "commercial issue" only and does not warrant any government action, the U.S. Department of Agriculture said on Tuesday. The Washington state farmer had complained in late August to state agricultural officials that his alfalfa hay had been rejected for export sale because of the presence of a genetically modified trait that makes the crop resistant to herbicide. The event triggered a wave of concern from consumer and agricultural groups who have fought the government for nearly a decade to keep...
  • The dangers of going gluten-free

    09/12/2013 5:35:47 PM PDT · by rickmichaels · 71 replies
    Maclean's ^ | September 10, 2013 | Cathy Gulli
    The first time Margaret Dron organized the Gluten Free Expo early last year, it was inside the gymnasium of a small community centre in east Vancouver. She had recruited one volunteer, two speakers, 38 vendors and expected 500 attendees. There was no entrance fee—instead, people were to bring gluten-free goods for the local food bank; three boxes were set aside for the collection. Six hours later, more than 3,000 people had turned out, and the volunteer had to call a one-tonne truck to pick up the donations. In one Sunday afternoon, Dron realized, “there is some serious potential here. So...
  • Food Allergies Are Now A Disability Under ADA

    05/03/2013 6:45:33 PM PDT · by TurboZamboni · 77 replies
    the last resistance ^ | 5-3-13 | mark home
    Lesley University is not nearly so isolated, but it has the same mandatory policy about its student cafeteria. There was a problem however. Several students had Celiac disease. They needed to eat gluten free in order to not get sick. So naturally they told the college and the college allowed them an exception to the mandatory cafeteria plan, letting them keep the money and use it to buy gluten-free food off campus. Right? No, the students sued the college to mandate that the college accommodate them. I don’t feel sorry for Lesley because, frankly, I still bear a grudge against...
  • Scientists: New GMO wheat may 'silence' vital human genes

    11/03/2012 6:26:28 AM PDT · by Renfield · 70 replies
    Digital Journal ^ | 10-09-2012 | Elliott Freeman
    Australian scientists are expressing grave concerns over a new type of genetically engineered wheat that may cause major health problems for people that consume it. University of Canterbury Professor Jack Heinemann announced the results of his genetic research into the wheat, a type developed by Australia's Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO), at a press conference last month. "What we found is that the molecules created in this wheat, intended to silence wheat genes, can match human genes, and through ingestion, these molecules can enter human beings and potentially silence our genes," Heinemann stated. "The findings are absolutely assured....
  • Modern wheat a "perfect, chronic poison," doctor says

    09/29/2012 5:32:25 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 122 replies
    CBS News ^ | September 3, 2012
    Modern wheat is a "perfect, chronic poison," according to Dr. William Davis, a cardiologist who has published a book all about the world's most popular grain. Davis said that the wheat we eat these days isn't the wheat your grandma had: "It's an 18-inch tall plant created by genetic research in the '60s and '70s," he said on "CBS This Morning." "This thing has many new features nobody told you about, such as there's a new protein in this thing called gliadin. It's not gluten. I'm not addressing people with gluten sensitivities and celiac disease. I'm talking about everybody else...
  • Archeologists find 3,300-year-old burnt wheat

    07/28/2012 7:32:50 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 22 replies
    Jerusalem Post ^ | Tuesday, July 24, 2012 | Sharon Udasin
    A team from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and the Israel Nature and Parks Authority (INPA) uncovered 14 large pithoi-style bulk storage jugs filled with the wheat inside what was a storage room in a monumental, palace-like building from the Canaanite period (2,000-3,000 BCE), the INPA said on Monday. After the jars are fully exposed the researchers will transfer them to conservation and restoration laboratories. Afterwards, the palace will be covered up again until the next excavation season. Archeological excavations at Hatzor have been conducted by Hebrew University in cooperation with the INPA for the past couple of decades. In...
  • The Corn Is Dying All Over America

    07/10/2012 8:56:04 AM PDT · by JohnKinAK · 128 replies
    The Economic Collapse ^ | 7/10/2012 | Michael Snyder
    All over America the corn is dying. If drought conditions persist in the middle part of the country, wheat and soybeans will be next. Weeks of intense heat combined with extraordinarily dry conditions have brought many U.S. corn farmers to the brink of total disaster. If there is not significant rainfall soon, many farmers will be financially ruined. This period of time is particularly important for corn because this is when pollination is supposed to happen. But the unprecedented heat and the extremely dry conditions are playing havoc with that process. With each passing day things get even worse. We...
  • Russia, Ukraine surging in global grain markets

    05/14/2012 10:06:24 AM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 13 replies
    Marketwatch ^ | May 14, 2012, 12:02 a.m. EDT | Zenon Zawada
    Harvests of Russian wheat and Ukrainian corn set to hit recordsKYIV, Ukraine (MarketWatch) — Fueled by record harvests, Russia and Ukraine are expected to surge to the top ranks of the global export markets for wheat and corn in the coming years, a development that will open up new investment opportunities in commodities and equities. The surge in Russia, which will see its exports of wheat explode to more than 20 million metric tons this year from four million in the 2010-2011 year, is powered by robust production and inventory, rising global demand and lower domestic prices. Meanwhile, Ukraine will...
  • Gluten Alert: Many more people are gluten insensitive than is commonly believed

    03/25/2012 5:36:09 PM PDT · by James C. Bennett · 60 replies · 3+ views
    The Hindu ^ | March 25, 2012 | The Hindu
    “I had no sense of well being till I went gluten free.” “I don't use my inhaler anymore.” “My skin rashes disappeared.” The testimonials are startlingly earnest. Although food fads come and go with wearying regularity, perhaps it's time we investigated wheat. Why are a small but steadily increasing number of people going gluten-free, and saying it's changed their lives. Perceived as a ‘Western disease,' gluten sensitivity has never really been taken seriously in India. Its most extreme form is Celiac disease, caused by acute allergy to gluten, present in wheat and related grains such as barley and rye. A...
  • Wheat and the Tares

    01/25/2012 7:15:25 PM PST · by kjam22 · 8 replies
    kjam22 ^ | 1-25,2012 | kjam22
    As my journey with God progresses He just shows me more and more truths. The Wheat and the Tares. Our churches have so many tares. I've written and recorded this song about the topic. Performed in my home studio etc... When Will You Believe
  • Is Modern-Day Wheat Dangerous?

    09/15/2011 9:12:55 AM PDT · by decimon · 61 replies
    PJ Lifestyle ^ | September 15, 2011 | Dr. Helen Smith
    > The book is written by cardiologist William Davis who says that thanks to the actions of Big Food and government agencies such as the USDA and places like the American Heart Association that are always pushing “whole grains,” we are sicker and fatter than ever. > Have you tried getting off wheat? If so, did it help?
  • Montana wheat crops hit with fungal diseases

    06/20/2011 4:56:13 PM PDT · by DeaconBenjamin · 23 replies
    Billings Gazette ^ | Saturday, June 18, 2011 6:30 pm
    HAVRE — Wet weather has left wheat crops in north-central Montana vulnerable to fungal diseases, officials say. Hill County Extension Agent Joe Broesder said the main battle is with stripe rust fungal infection, but tan spot and powdery mildew are also prevalent. "If the weather would straighten out, it would help with the others," Broesder said told the Havre Daily News. Arleen Rice of Taylor Aviation said the company has had to bring in more planes for aerial spraying. "You can walk out in the fields right now and the bottom of your boots turn red," she said. "We have...
  • China: Drought prompts concerns over grain output drop

    05/04/2011 5:50:44 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 17 replies
    Xinhua ^ | 05/04/11 | Wang Guanqun
    Drought prompts concerns over grain output drop 2011-05-04 16:47:48 BEIJING, May 4 (Xinhua) -- With one of the driest springs on record, farmers in most areas of central and south China are desperate for rain. However, rainfall has been substantially below normal since the beginning of the year. "The wheat is thirsty for rain during its growing period, but we have received little rain in recent months," said Xu Changshun, a farmer in Xuwan Village of Xuchang City in central China's Henan Province, while pointing at his parched farmland. "Although we did have rainfall during the past several days,...
  • Corn Prices To Soar As Chinese Imports Increase Ninefold Compared To Official Projections

    02/06/2011 9:39:48 PM PST · by FromLori · 125 replies
    ZeroHedge ^ | 2/6/2011 | Tyler Durden
    Cotton, wheat, rice, and now corn. If revised Chinese import estimates by the US Grain Council are even remotely correct, look for corn prices of $6.80 a bushel at last check to jump by at least 15% in a very short amount of time. As the FT reports, "Corn prices – and with them, the price of meat – are set to explode if the latest import estimates from China are correct. The US Grain Council, the industry body, said late on Thursday that it has received information pointing to Chinese imports as high as 9m tonnes in 2011-12, up...
  • As crops wither in Russia's severe drought, vital plant field bank faces demolition

    08/07/2010 5:35:57 AM PDT · by decimon · 15 replies
    Global Crop Diversity Trust ^ | August 7, 2010 | Unknown
    Hearing date is Aug. 11 for Pavlovsk Fruit Collection case; Russian government called on to interveneST. PETERSBURG, RUSSIA (7 August 2010)—As the fate of Europe's largest collection of fruit and berries hangs in the balance of a Russian court decision, the Global Crop Diversity Trust issued an urgent appeal for the Russian government to embrace its heroic tradition as protector of the world's crop diversity and halt the planned destruction of an incredibly valuable crop collection near St. Petersburg. Pavlovsk Experiment Station is the largest European field genebank for fruits and berries, and is part of the N.I. Vavilov Research...
  • Russia swelters in heatwave, many crops destroyed

    07/18/2010 7:26:43 PM PDT · by Flavius · 11 replies · 2+ views
    reuteurs ^ | 7/15/10 | reuteurs
    MOSCOW, July 16 (Reuters) - Soaring temperatures across large swathes of Russia have destroyed nearly 10 million hectares of crops and prompted a state of emergency to be declared in 17 regions.
  • Putin bans Russia grain exports due to drought

    08/05/2010 4:23:11 PM PDT · by HogsBreath · 11 replies
    Yahoo!news ^ | 4-5-10 | Stuart Williams
    Russia, the world's third wheat exporter, Thursday banned grain exports for the next four-and-a-half months due to a record drought that has destroyed millions of hectares (acres) of its land. Wheat futures shot up to new two-year highs on commodities markets after the sudden announcement from Prime Minister Vladimir Putin raised concerns about global grain supplies
  • The Food Shock Of 2011

    10/26/2010 9:03:10 PM PDT · by blam · 58 replies
    The Daily Reckoning ^ | 10-26-2010 | Addison Wiggin
    The Food Shock Of 2011 By Addison Wiggin 10/26/10 Baltimore, Maryland – Every month, JP Morgan Chase dispatches a researcher to several supermarkets in Virginia. The task – to comparison shop for 31 items. In July, the firm’s personal shopper came back with a stunning report: Wal-Mart had raised its prices 5.8% during the previous month. More significantly, its prices were approaching the levels of competing stores run by Kroger and Safeway. The “low-price leader” still holds its title, but by a noticeably slimmer margin. Within this tale lie several lessons you can put to work to make money. And...
  • Prices Soar on Crop Woes(U.S. Cuts Global Grain Supply Outlook)

    01/13/2011 6:24:17 AM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 27 replies
    WSJ ^ | 01/13/11 | SCOTT KILMAN And LIAM PLEVEN
    JANUARY 13, 2011 Prices Soar on Crop Woes U.S. Cuts Global Grain Supply Outlook; Higher Prices Expected at Grocery Stores. By SCOTT KILMAN And LIAM PLEVEN Evidence of tightening global food supplies grew as the U.S. Agriculture Department cut its estimates for global harvests of key crops and raised some demand forecasts, adding to worries about rising food prices. Prices of corn and soybeans leapt 4% Wednesday and wheat gained 1%, continuing the broad rally in commodity prices that began in June. With yesterday's gains, prices of corn futures contracts are now up 94% from their June lows; soybeans are...
  • Prices Soar on Crop Woes

    01/13/2011 2:09:33 AM PST · by markomalley · 11 replies
    WSJ ^ | 1/13/11 | SCOTT KILMAN And LIAM PLEVEN
    Evidence of tightening global food supplies grew as the U.S. Agriculture Department cut its estimates for global harvests of key crops and raised some demand forecasts, adding to worries about rising food prices. Prices of corn and soybeans leapt 4% Wednesday and wheat gained 1%, continuing the broad rally in commodity prices that began in June. With yesterday's gains, prices of corn futures contracts are now up 94% from their June lows; soybeans are up 51% and wheat is up 80%. The USDA's revisions reflect the impact of dry weather in South America and floods in Australia, which have compounded...
  • How Global Warming Felled Mubarak

    02/02/2011 8:09:49 PM PST · by lbryce · 26 replies
    Forward ^ | February 2, 2011 | JJ Goldberg
    The craziest part of the uprising in Egypt is how it caught us all by surprise. After all, it was predicted — three years ago. Unfortunately, nobody was paying attention. It sounded too weird. The warnings weren’t coming from political analysts, but from climate and crop experts. Which means — what? Climate topples dictator? No way, right? Way. Let’s walk through it. Consider those warnings in the spring of 2008. It was a time of worldwide food shortages. Wheat prices had doubled from the year before, and other crops weren’t far behind. Hunger became critical, and riots exploded from Bangladesh...
  • Will Ethanol Break the Muslim World After All?

    02/02/2011 9:00:05 PM PST · by 6ft2inhighheelshoes · 24 replies
    Sultan Knish a blog by Daniel Greenfield ^ | February 2. 2011 | Daniel Greenfield
    Ethanol has proven to be an inadequate solution to the problem of foreign oil, but it has toppled at least one Arab ruler and may not be done yet. The Soros backed college students and the Islamists have done their part in the protests, but the Tunisian and Egyptian mobs would never have made their showing without a goad. And the goad was high wheat prices. Part of the spike in wheat prices was due to the shift to ethanol production. Remember when Americans were lining up with cans of gasoline during the OPEC oil boycott? Arab Muslims are now...
  • Worst Locust Plague in Two Decades Threatens Australian Harvest

    06/12/2010 11:33:04 AM PDT · by GiovannaNicoletta · 13 replies · 410+ views ^ | June 11, 2010 | Unattributed
    The worst locust plague in more than two decades is threatening to strike Australia, the world’s fourth-largest wheat exporter, after rainfall boosted egg-laying by the insects in major crop growing regions.
  • Drought threatens China's wheat crop

    02/09/2011 2:44:15 PM PST · by NRG1973 · 21 replies
    UPI ^ | February 9, 2011 | N/A
    A severe drought in China is threatening the country's wheat crop and could affect global grain prices, the U.N. food agency warned. The United Nations' Food and Agriculture Organization, in a special alert on China, said the drought is "potentially a serious problem." The drought, which has been dragging on for four months, has affected 35.1 percent -- 15.8 million acres -- of China's wheat crop, China's Ministry of Agriculture announced this week. FAO said 2.57 million people and 2.79 million head of livestock faced shortages of drinking water. Chinese state-run news said that China's key agricultural regions were facing...
  • China Spends $1 Billion To Fight Massive Drought Wrecking Country's Wheat Crop

    02/12/2011 1:47:25 PM PST · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 13 replies ^ | Feb. 12, 2011, 10:55 AM | Gregory White
    China has announced $1 billion in funding to help farmers fight the country's devastating droughts, according to The Guardian. The country is facing its worst drought in 60 years right where it hurts the most, the wheat producing province of Shangdong.
  • China Drought Global Food Crisis To Trigger Many More Egypts

    02/10/2011 12:47:09 PM PST · by blam · 7 replies
    The Market Oracle ^ | 2-10-2011 | Justin John
    China Drought Global Food Crisis To Trigger Many More Egypts Commodities / Food Crisis Feb 10, 2011 - 06:14 AM By: Justin John The Chinese government has reportedly decided to spend $1 billion to battle the drought plaguing huge areas in the north, as wheat prices continued their climb and the UN warned of serious consequences for the winter harvest. The drought is the worst in six decades in many areas, and has left a swathe of grain-producing regions reeling from a lack of any significant rainfall in more than three months. The money will be spent to divert water...
  • Siphoning Off Corn to Fuel Our Cars

    02/01/2011 9:14:11 PM PST · by Rabin · 12 replies
    Washington Post ^ | Wednesday, April 30, 2008 | Steven Mufson
    "Two hundred years ago, this was prairie covered with six-foot-high switchgrass. Winnebago Indians lived here, and then white settlers … Now 50 wind turbines that were erected over the winter and the (VeraSun) ethanol plant, have brought new energy to a town that long lived off the ground God created with glaciers, and laid down here."
  • Hourly Action In Gold From Trader Dan

    01/28/2011 11:57:37 AM PST · by Razzz42 · 6 replies
    Jim Sinclair's Mineset ^ | January 28, 2011 | Dan Norcini
    It seems to me that the catalyst for the huge amount of unrest in the region of the world was the surge in food prices. One of the things that the wheat market has been watching and anticipating has been Egyptian wheat purchases. They are one of our largest buyers of wheat and there was talk that began last week and continued earlier this week that Egypt was going to be forced into buying a good deal more US wheat in an attempt to make sure that there was sufficient supply for one thing and that they could snag it...
  • Wheat surges on higher exports, supply concerns

    01/23/2011 10:18:54 PM PST · by Nachum · 16 replies
    Associated Press ^ | 1/24/11 | Staff
    New York - Wheat prices are surging after export sales skyrocketed. The U.S. Agriculture Department said Friday that export sales of wheat totaled 1.05 million metric tons last week. It's the highest level since August, when Russia banned wheat exports after a drought devastated much of its crop. (Snip) Wheat for March delivery rose 21 cents, or 2.6 percent, to settle at $8.245 a bushel. March corn added 3.25 cents to settle at $6.5725 a bushel while soybeans slipped 2 cents to $14.1225 a bushel.
  • Wonder Bread run out of California for carbon diox emissions

    09/05/2007 6:22:00 AM PDT · by bboop · 147 replies · 3,911+ views
    No Wonder... Published On 08-31-2007 , 2:27 PM Gov. Schwarzenegger’s drive to reduce carbon dioxide emissions got a major boost this week when the makers of Wonder Bread announced the total withdrawal of their bread products from Southern California. Interstate Bakeries, the makers of Wonder Bread, Roman Meal, Home Pride and Baker’s Inn breads announced the closure of four bakeries, 17 distribution centers and 19 outlet stores, leaving 1,300 Californians out of work. The iconic breads – that had been staples of Southern California grocery stores since the 1940s – will completely disappear from shelves starting October 20th. The parent...
  • Rust never sleeps: A new flare-up in an age-old battle between wheat and a fungal killer

    09/14/2010 6:35:30 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 22 replies
    Science News; Vol.178 #7 (p. 22) ^ | September 25th, 2010 | Rachel Ehrenberg
    In his quest for world domination, James Bond's nemesis Ernst Blofeld threatens to unleash a pathogen that would destroy global food supplies. Humankind now faces such a foe. But this villain doesn't care about world domination, and it needs no evil genius to release it. The fungus known as wheat rust, one of history's most feared and destructive plant pathogens, is already sweeping the planet. Wheat rust can turn a healthy crop into a black, tangled mess of broken stems and shriveled grains just weeks before harvest. The battle between wheat and the fungus is an old one: Evidence suggests...
  • Ukraine 'to limit grain exports due to drought'

    08/17/2010 6:16:06 AM PDT · by markomalley · 15 replies
    AFP ^ | 8/17/2010
    KIEV — Ukraine is set to limit wheat and barely exports to 3.5 million tonnes from now until the end of the year due to the impact of a severe drought, the agricultural policy ministry said on Tuesday. "We are proposing to allow the export of 2.5 million tonnes from now until the end of the year," said Agricultural Policy Minister Mykola Prysyazhnyuk, adding that one million tonnes currently held in ports would also be exported. He said that the issue would be discussed at a cabinet meeting on Wednesday, the Interfax-Ukraine news agency reported. The quota would come into...
  • Wheat rally will not lure China, India to dump stocks

    08/13/2010 9:40:11 AM PDT · by James C. Bennett · 4 replies
    Reuters ^ | 13 August, 2010 | Reuters
    Fears of food inflation and tighter global supply make China and India, holders of nearly half the world's wheat reserves, reluctant to send large volumes to market despite surging prices that offer a huge opportunity. The world's most populous nations, China and India are estimated to finish the 2010/11 crop year with a combined stockpile of around 78 million tonnes, 44 percent of the world total of 175 million, the U.S. Department of Agriculture says. But they will probably defend that stockpile in the face of rising consumption. "I don't think China will be an exporter because of increasing domestic...
  • Foreign Demand For U.S. Wheat to Rise 36%

    08/12/2010 4:13:09 PM PDT · by goldendays · 41 replies · 1+ views ^ | SCOTT KILMAN, ILAN BRAT And LIAM PLEVEN
    The drought decimating Russia's grain crop is helping put more money into the pockets of U.S. farmers and leaving the world more dependent on the U.S. harvest. The U.S. Agriculture Department said Thursday it expects U.S. wheat exports to soar 36% amid higher prices, and in a rare move raised its one-month-old harvest forecasts and price forecasts for several major U.S. crops, including wheat, corn, and soybeans at the same time. "The U.S. is an island of supply in a year of very big demand," said Daniel W. Basse, president of AgResource Co., a Chicago commodity forecasting concern. Higher prices...
  • ANALYSIS-Grain price rise may fuel Mideast, Europe unrest

    08/12/2010 6:31:43 AM PDT · by Texas Fossil · 27 replies
    Thompson Reuters Foundation ^ | 11 Aug 2010 10:27:35 GMT | Source: Reuters
    LONDON, Aug 11 (Reuters) - Rising grain prices from Russia's drought and fires will pressure populations already hit by the financial crisis and could stoke unrest -- particularly in the Middle East, North Africa and parts of Europe. Wheat prices have risen by nearly 70 percent since June after Russia suffered its worst drought in 130 years and are at their highest since 2008, when the last major food price rally sparked protests and riots in a string of emerging nations.
  • American Kulaks (Wickard v. Filburn)

    08/10/2010 9:16:58 AM PDT · by astyanax · 5 replies
    Ricochet ^ | 10Aug2010 | James Lileks
    My friend the Crazy Uke is a mortgage guy; he’s getting me another refi. Years ago - oh, decades - we sat up all night in the back booth of a college restaurant and argued politics; now we sit around the kitchen table of the house he helped us buy, sign endless forms and documents, then pour a drink and agree about politics. I changed. He didn’t. As the son of Ukrainian DPs, he had anti-Soviet and anti-statist ideas poured into his marrow as he grew up, and his accounts of his parents’ lives during the famine and the war...