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Argentina's regime leader Kirchner freezes food prices, pushes country toward food shortages and riots

2/11/2013 - A few days ago, Argentina's populist female president Cristina Kirchner ordered a price freeze on food products. This price freeze was levied against the largest food retailers in the country, and it is just the latest example of utterly insane economic policies made by populist national leaders who...

Sky-high gas prices in California reveal energy infrastructure ripe for sudden collapse

10/7/2012 - If you're in California, you're paying sky-high prices for gasoline this week. At some stations, prices are over $5 a gallon. But you might not be aware of why you're paying this price. The answer may be more than a little disturbing: California's energy infrastructure is so fragile that a power outage...

Food crisis deepens as World Bank issues hunger warning

9/7/2012 - The drought which gripped most of the U.S. this past summer had much more far-reaching consequences for the rest of the world, leading the World Bank, in part, to issue a hunger warning in late August. The U.S. drought, coupled with similar weather patterns and conditions in parts of Europe and Africa...

Global food prices skyrocketing; up 10 percent in month of July alone

9/6/2012 - Global food prices leaped 10 percent between June and July, the World Bank has warned, pushing corn and soybean prices in particular to record highs. The newest estimate outstrips even the recent alarming warning by the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization, which had noted a six percent...

It's not just the U.S. - Food inflation will affect entire globe in 2013

8/28/2012 - Grocery prices in the United States have risen steadily for months now, but because of the drought here at home and other global market forces, food costs are set to skyrocket around the world as well, say experts. In addition to parched farmland throughout much of the U.S. and near the Black Sea,...

Skyrocketing ground beef prices hit record highs

8/21/2012 - As drought conditions persist well into late summer across the majority of U.S. states, agricultural production continues to be well below normal, meaning consumers will literally be paying the price for so much crop destruction. One product where that has already begun to happen is beef; in fact,...

Desperate farmers turn to feeding their cattle candy loaded with corn syrup

8/21/2012 - Desperate times call for desperate measures, and no question the current drought spanning much of the nation's mid-section has left many a farmer desperate. For some cattle; however, things are pretty sweet at the moment. That's because as feed becomes harder to get and more expensive, some farmers...

Global corn prices surge 23 percent from drought; food inflation to accelerate in 2012 and 2013

8/14/2012 - You have automobile insurance, homeowners insurance, and perhaps even health and life insurance, among other coverage. Do you also have food insurance, as in, stored supplies of food that can get you through days and weeks of food shortages, should the economy collapse or a terrorist strike? Okay,...

Food prices to spike in 2012 due to mass droughts

8/5/2012 - Long after one of the hottest and driest North American summers on record has turned to fall, consumers will still be feeling its effects in the form of higher food prices, possibly worldwide. The current year has been the hottest ever yet recorded in the United States, according to data collected...

Natural food prices falling as big name distributors ramp up offerings

7/11/2012 - It seems that more and more big name supermarkets have a natural foods section with natural food and products. Kroger in particular has pushed its Nature's Market, now found in more than 1,300 of the 2,500 stores nationwide. With the demand to increase market share for natural foods between competitors,...

Federal antitrust complaint claims Hershey conspired with the world's largest chocolatiers to fix prices in the U.S

4/17/2012 - Americans appear to be eating less processed chocolate products than they used to, which has led to a steady decline in the overall growth rate of the chocolate products market. And a new complaint filed in federal court alleges that The Hershey Company, America's largest chocolatier, has been conspiring...

With grocery prices rising faster than restaurant prices, here's how cooking at home is always a bargain

3/26/2012 7:44:25 AM - In an age where the prevailing economic system often requires both parents working full time just to make ends meet, it's no wonder so many families eat out. The Fiscal Times reports that consumers now spend almost 4.5% of their total income on dining out, and now there's even more motivation. With...

Food inflation: Beef prices continue to skyrocket

2/9/2012 - A recent CBS article wrote of wholesale beef prices rising to the point where retail beef sales are dropping. Unhappy customers are asking how much is the beef now instead of where's the beef. The Department of Agriculture (USDA) claims the cattle herd in the USA is at its lowest since 1952, at only...

2012, another year of major food price hikes?

1/23/2012 - Food commodity prices have been on the rise over the past two years, which means food retailers, vendors, and restauranteurs have had to figure out creative ways to absorb these added costs while still offering quality products that their customers can afford. But it looks like 2012 will be a definitive...

Food prices continue to skyrocket, even when gas prices fall

7/11/2011 - Food prices are skyrocketing. Part of the reason why is because, as the world's population rises, so too has food consumption. Another reason, at least here in the United States, is because the dollar has slipped in value in recent months. But one of the primary reasons why prices are climbing...

World entering era of permanent food crisis, with prices to double over next 20 years

6/9/2011 - The average price of staple foods will more than double in the next 20 years, Oxfam warns. The world is entering an era of permanent food crisis, which is likely to be accompanied by political unrest, and the situation will lead to an unprecedented reversal in human development, it said. (http://www.guardian.co.uk/environment/2011/may/31/oxfam-food-prices-double-2030) International...

Global food inflation hits hemp seed, coconut oil and other superfoods: Here's why it's happening

5/23/2011 - Food inflation is hitting the superfood industry right where it hurts -- in the wallet. Thanks to several factors you'll read about here, prices on hemp seeds, hemp oils, coconut oil and other superfoods are set to skyrocket beginning in just a few days. One of the largest superfood suppliers in the...

World Bank says food prices are at dangerously high levels

3/17/2011 - Global food prices are nearly as high as they have ever been, the World Bank has warned, and may produce political instability worldwide. Prices in early February soared to a level just 3 percent lower than the record highs of 2008, when food riots rocked dozens of countries. This marked a 29 percent...

Food prices to skyrocket, riots could follow, suggests USDA

3/1/2011 - When the upswing in commodity prices eventually makes its way throughout the food system in mid-to-late 2011, food prices are sure to spike with levels potentially reaching those of 2008, announced U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) economist Ephraim Leibtag at the agency's annual Outlook Forum....

Fresh produce prices to double or triple following freak freezes - is Earth in a magnetic pole shift?

2/14/2011 - In an article posted on January 3 of this year, I predicted a rise in food prices resulting from freak weather events (http://www.naturalnews.com/030903_predictions_2011.html). Here's what I said in that article: By the end of 2012, I predict significant food supply disruptions in North America,...

Grocery prices skyrocket faster than official inflation

1/27/2011 - Grocery prices increased at more than 50 percent the rate of inflation in 2010, according to data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Food prices increased an average of 1.7 percent between November 2009 and November 2010, in comparison with a general inflation rate of only 1.1 percent. The...

Global food supply dwindling, hard-hit populations at the brink

1/19/2011 - A rapid increase in demand coupled with insufficient food production has stretched the world's food supply to the limit. Already, food prices have hit record highs and food riots have recently broken out in several countries. Yet experts fear this is only the tip of the iceberg, and we may be on the...

Food bubble collapse threatens survival of human civilization

1/18/2011 - The following article originally ran on NaturalNews in 2008 but was shifted over to Counterthink.com which ultimately got replaced with political cartoons. In light of today's sudden attention on the food bubble and the possible collapse of human civilization as described by author and environmentalist...

Food skyrockets to highest prices ever

1/10/2011 - Figures recently released by the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) index of 55 food commodities indicates that worldwide food prices hit a record high in December. Though the costs of some food commodities like rice, corn and soy actually decreased, oil seeds and sugar jumped significantly due...

Chocolate prices could skyrocket as cocoa farmers leave business

11/16/2010 - The era of cheap chocolate may soon come to an end as many cocoa farmers in West Africa -- which represents the largest cocoa-growing region in the world -- continue to leave the business. Pest problems, low pay, and a difficult growing cycle, have together taken much of the incentive out of growing...

Global sugar prices soar as Brazilian crop impacted by heavy rains

11/6/2010 - The price of sugar is nearing an all-time high as heavy rains in Brazil, the world's biggest producer of sugar, have caused a significant reduction in crop yields. According to a recent Bloomberg report, sugar production in Brazil's Center South, the most productive sugar region in the nation, plunged...

Raising soda prices reduces consumption better than educating the public

10/17/2010 - Raising soda prices appears to reduce consumption significantly, but nutrition education campaigns have little impact, according to a study conducted by researchers from Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston and published in the American Journal of Public Health. Growing concern over the nation's...

Food prices to rise globally as energy prices edge higher

10/10/2010 - Rising energy prices and a shift to Western consumption patterns will continue to push global food prices higher in the coming decade, according to the annual agricultural outlook issued by the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development and the U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization. Higher...

Big Pharma Quietly Hikes Drug Prices 100 Percent or More

2/20/2009 - Without any fanfare, pharmaceutical companies have been raising the prices of many of their drugs by 100 percent or more, according to a study conducted by researchers from the University of Minnesota. The researchers investigated cases in which drugs had their prices increased by 100 percent or...

Deflationary Spiral Signals More Stock Market Declines Ahead

12/24/2008 - Everybody in America is excited about the new president. We tend to think that as soon as he is inaugurated things will get better and a new era of prosperity will begin. We are so excited that we are even putting money into the stock market again, buying at what we think is a bottom. Yet the recent...

US Accounts for Forty-Five Percent of Worldwide Pharmaceutical Spending

11/20/2008 - A recently released study of per capita spending on pharmaceuticals reveals that the US spends more than any other major industrialized nation, nearly twice the average amount of the 30 countries included in the assessment. In addition, we spend an average of 30% more for the same drugs. The report...

Cheap Food Bubble Has Burst: Expect to Pay More to Eat From Now On

10/22/2008 - Food prices are only going to keep rising, and will likely never return to their prior levels, the Times newspaper has reported food experts as saying. Already Bangladesh, Haiti, Egypt, the Philippines and several countries in West Africa have experienced rioting over the high costs of basic staples...

As Food Prices Rise, Fertilizer Shortage Now Threatens World's Farms

10/13/2008 - The world is faced with a global fertilizer shortage, experts say, placing even more strain on food prices. In the last few decades, an increasing reliance on industrial fertilizers has led to surging demands for the largely fossil-fuel-based products. Between 1996 and 2008 alone, fertilizer increased...

Food Riots Have Already Begun as Global Grain Prices Skyrocket, Supplies Dwindle

10/1/2008 - Riots and other forms of civil unrest have already broken out around the world in response to a global grain shortage and surging food prices. According to data from the World Food Program and the early warning and global information system of the Food and Agricultural Organization, street protests...

Global Food Supply Dwindling as Prices Skyrocket, Warns UN

7/19/2008 - The head of the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), Jacques Diouf, has warned that the world's supply of food is shrinking, creating "a very serious risk that fewer people will be able to get food." Prices of food have risen to record levels in recent years, due to a combination...

Solutions to the Global Food Crisis

6/20/2008 - Today we actually have several converging crisis and the news sounds bad but have you noticed how they manage to package everything in the media? Things are worsening on almost every front yet they manage to put a good face on events. Items that would have been crushing news only six months ago today...

The Economics of World Hunger

6/7/2008 - Food has become the new gold. Investors weary of the real-estate bubble-burst have poured millions of dollars into grain futures. This has succeeded in driving up prices even more. Now we are witnessing a global panic as nations are waging a run on our wheat harvest. Foreign investors have begun...

Spiraling Food Prices Result in Deadly Violence Around the World

5/21/2008 - Anger and political unrest over escalating world food prices is becoming increasingly violent. Higher prices for the basic food commodities used by developing countries have produced clashes in Egypt and several African states. The government of Haiti has fallen from a political segue that started with...

The Biofuels Scam, Food Shortages and the Coming Collapse of the Human Population

4/23/2008 - It was one of the dumbest "green" ideas ever proposed: Convert millions of acres of cropland into fields for growing ethanol from corn, then burn fossil fuels to harvest the ethanol, expending more energy to extract the fuel than you get from the fuel itself! Meanwhile, sit back and proclaim you've...

Understanding the Transition From Seed Corn to Biofuels

3/21/2008 - We are about to witness and experience the greatest sustained rise in grain prices seen in the last 30 years. This rise will include wheat, rice, and maize; these three comprising over 90% of all grains cultivated on the planet. Let's do some digging to figure out what is causing this sharp increase. The...

Hospitals rip off self-paying, poor customers with triple prices compared to insurance reimbursements

10/1/2007 - Hospitals in the United States have been charging self-paying patients, including the uninsured, vastly more for health services than they charge insurance providers and much more than the maximum costs allowed by Medicare, according to a 2004 study published in the journal Health Affairs. "Over...

Global wheat supply shortage spikes prices, worries importers

8/28/2007 - An anticipated shortage in worldwide wheat supply led to panic buying on August 23 and caused prices of the grain to skyrocket. This has led to fears that worldwide food prices may rise, with devastating consequences for the poor. The panic began when Canada announced an anticipated wheat harvest...

Medication prices skyrocket for senior citizens

4/2/2007 - Almost 200 of the brand-name prescription drugs most commonly used by seniors rose in price at nearly twice the rate of inflation last year, according to a report by the seniors' lobby group AARP (formerly known as the American Association Of Retired Persons). Jump directly to: conventional view...

Home prices continue downward slide in 40 U.S. states

3/12/2007 - The housing market continued to take a beating in the last quarter of 2006, as home sales fell in 40 states and the national median price fell by another 2.7 percent compared with the year before. Large numbers of unsold homes make it likely that the depression in price will continue. Jump directly...

Bush Administration opposes Democratic plan to lower Medicare drug prices through volume purchasing discounts

11/14/2006 - This past weekend, the Bush administration stated that it would be strongly opposing a top priority of the Democratic Party -- the authorization of the U.S. government to negotiate with drug companies to ensure lower prices for Medicare beneficiaries. The Secretary of Health and Human Services, Michael...

Brand-name drug prices rise faster than inflation

9/21/2006 - The prices of brand-name prescription drugs used by older Americans continue to increase, while generic drugs used by the same age group remain relatively unchanged in price, according to the AARP's quarterly Rx Watchdog Report. The report listed 200 brand-name prescription drugs that on average...

Prices rise for drugs used by US elderly: studies (press release)

8/24/2006 - Prices of medicines used by older Americans for chronic conditions such as arthritis and high cholesterol are rising even as new federal drug coverage has been rolled out to help make prescriptions more affordable, two separate studies released on Tuesday showed. Researchers at Families USA found...

Prescription drug prices rise four times faster than inflation; biggest jump in six years

6/21/2006 - -- Two reports released by the American Association of Retired Persons (AARP) found that prices of brand-name prescription drugs in the United States rose nearly four times as fast as the inflation rate in the first quarter, while the prices of generic drugs remained unchanged. The most widely prescribed...

Warning signs of the housing bubble crash (part two)

1/1/2006 - This is Mike Adams talking about the looming housing bubble burst in the U.S. real estate market. It's coming. As I said before, I predicted the dot-com bust, but I was three years early. It's impossible to predict the exact timing on these things, but when the signs are there, you know it's coming....

Prices of prescription drugs outpace inflation by fifty percent

7/1/2004 - Little wonder here: prescription drug prices spiked up shortly after passage of the Medicare drug benefit law. The law was widely regarded as a guaranteed handout to drug companies, and now the pharmaceutical industry is making the most of the handout by spiking prices as quickly as they can. This...

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