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18 December, 2009

Fastest Food Inflation Since Riots Means Milk Up 39%

Fastest Food Inflation Since Riots Means Milk Up 39% - Bloomberg.com: "Falling production in commodities from rice to milk is bad news for just about everyone...

Rice may surge 63 percent... on Philippine imports and a shortage in India... The U.S. government says nonfat dry milk may jump 39 percent next year, and JPMorgan Chase & Co. forecasts a 25 percent gain for sugar. Global food costs jumped 7 percent in November, the most since February 2008, four months before reaching a record, according to the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization.

... A recovery from the worst recession since World War II would spur food demand and boost costs for buyers of commodities including milk processor Dean Foods Co. while increasing the number of hungry people that the UN says now exceeds 1 billion.

... For those who can’t afford to pay more for food, there’s the “painful” risk of hunger...

Expanding populations and higher incomes are boosting consumption in China and India..."


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