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  • Wheat Gluten Confirmed to Promote Weight Gain

    07/12/2014 4:11:32 PM PDT · by Renfield · 40 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
    PhysOrg.com ^ | 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 feeinstead, 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 dont 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 English.news.cn 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 firms 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 werent coming from political analysts, but from climate and crop experts. Which means what? Climate topples dictator? No way, right? Way. Lets 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 werent 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
    RepublicHeritage.com ^ | June 11, 2010 | Unattributed
    The worst locust plague in more than two decades is threatening to strike Australia, the worlds 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
    businessinsider.com ^ | 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. Schwarzeneggers 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 Bakers 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
    online.wsj.com ^ | 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; hes 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 didnt. 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...
  • Wildfires Highlight Dysfunctional Russia

    08/07/2010 7:13:20 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 9 replies
    Financial Times ^ | August 6 2010 | Neil Buckley and Isabel Gorst
    As forest wildfires blaze across western Russia, levelling homes and villages and leaving Moscow, the capital, swathed in acrid smog, an anonymous blogger has captured the mood of many. “Under the communists ... we had three fire ponds, there was a bell people rang if a fire started and ... a fire engine – one between three villages, it’s true, but there was one,” railed the blogger, from the rural Tver region north-west of Moscow. Today, he said, the ponds and fire engine were gone and the bell had been replaced by a telephone that had never been connected. The...
  • A Horrible Drought And Embargo Fears, Have Made WHEAT The Hottest Commodity In The World

    07/28/2010 10:58:16 AM PDT · by blam · 31 replies
    The Business Insider ^ | 7-28-2010 | The Macro Report
    A Horrible Drought And Embargo Fears, Have Made WHEAT The Hottest Commodity In The World The Macro Report Jul. 28, 2010, 1:25 PM Growing concern over the worst drought in a century in Russia, Eastern Europe and Central Asia have rocked the wheat markets in recent weeks, driving the CBOT contract to outperform Oil and Gold YTD (see chart). Projections for the shortfall of combined Russian, Kazakhstani and the Ukrainian wheat exports run as high as 8MT lower than USDA forecasts and rumors of an export embargo by both the Russian and Ukrainian governments have been published by Bloomberg and...
  • Russia Fights for World Dominancein Wheat

    06/07/2010 9:38:08 PM PDT · by cunning_fish · 15 replies · 44+ views
    Bloomberg Businessweek ^ | June 3, 2010 | Tony C. Dreibus
    Russia Fights for World Dominancein Wheat It may supplant the U.S. as the world's top exporter in less than 10 years By Maria Kolesnikova and Tony C. Dreibus On May 28, Egypt, the world's biggest importer of wheat, bought 180,000 metric tons from Russia for $178.50 per ton, about $13 less than the U.S. price. The deal is one of many signs that Russia is challenging America's supremacy in the global wheat market. In the past 11 months Russia has won 58 percent of Egypt's regular purchases of wheat, compared with 40 percent the year before. The U.S. share of...
  • Its not the bread

    12/04/2009 2:14:15 PM PST · by SoSab · 168 replies · 2,728+ views
    So many people have the ideas of the breed of dogs called "pittbulls". This bread had a very bad rap and who gives it to them is the people who poorly raise them and poeple who judge. I have been an american terrier owner all my life and they are the best dogs. They scored higher then little yap dogs and german sheapards are temparment test 82%. People need to stop being ignorate and just let them be. They get used for fighting and are torchered beyond belief. Look on Bad Rap web site and read the stories of this...
  • 'Apostle of Wheat' (Norman)Borlaug had deep Minnesota roots (Won Nobel Peace Prize)

    09/14/2009 4:00:34 AM PDT · by MplsSteve · 3 replies · 318+ views
    Minneapolis StarTribune (aka The Red Star) ^ | 9/13/09 | Rochelle Olson/Sharon Schmickle - Staff Reporters
    In the final days of a nearly three-year battle with lymphoma, Nobel Peace Prize laureate Norman Borlaug was asked by his daughter if he needed anything. The 95-year-old responded: "Africa. Africa. I have not finished my mission in Africa," his daughter, Jeanie Borlaug Laube, said Sunday from Dallas. Norman Borlaug, an Iowa farmboy who graduated from the University of Minnesota, believed food was a moral right. He traveled the world as a scientist and humanitarian, becoming the Green Revolution's "Apostle of Wheat" for the high-yield grain he perfected. Borlaug, who most recently had been a distinguished professor at Texas A&M...
  • Government Holdings of Wheat are at Zero

    07/30/2009 2:32:52 PM PDT · by Kartographer · 79 replies · 3,290+ views
    KDVR ^ | 7/23/09 | Benjamin Gisin
    IDAHO FALLS, ID - Quietly, the last of the U.S. government's wheat reserves, held in the Bill Emerson Humanitarian Trust, were sold in late May onto the domestic market for cash. The cash was put in a trust for food aid. With no other government wheat holdings, U.S. government wheat stocks are now totally exhausted.
  • A 'time bomb' for world wheat crop.....

    06/26/2009 11:29:28 AM PDT · by TaraP · 124 replies · 2,424+ views
    L.A Times ^ | June 26th, 2009
    The Ug99 fungus, called stem rust, could wipe out more than 80% of the world's wheat as it spreads from Africa, scientists fear. The race is on to breed resistant plants before it reaches the U.S. The spores arrived from Kenya on dried, infected leaves ensconced in layers of envelopes. Working inside a bio-secure greenhouse outfitted with motion detectors and surveillance cameras, government scientists at the Cereal Disease Laboratory in St. Paul, Minn., suspended the fungal spores in a light mineral oil and sprayed them onto thousands of healthy wheat plants. After two weeks, the stalks were covered with deadly...
  • Fungus threatens wheat around world

    06/15/2009 12:29:12 PM PDT · by The Pack Knight · 28 replies · 742+ views
    UPI ^ | 14 June 2009 | No Byline
    Scientists are trying to develop wheat strains resistant to a fungus that has spread from Africa to Iran and is likely to show up soon in India and Pakistan. The Ug99 fungus, also known as stem rust, is likely to spread worldwide, either through wind-blown spores or carried inadvertently by people, food industry analysts said. "It's a time bomb," Jim Peterson, an expert on wheat genetics at Oregon State University in Corvallis, told the Los Angeles Times. "It moves in the air, it can move in clothing on an airplane. We know it's going to be here. It's a matter...