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By DAveKnTux, June 10, 2009 at 4:24 am Link to this comment

One of the big problems regarding food prices is growing subsidies in bio-fuels. bio-fuels are not energy efficient, cost efficient or environmentaly friendly. The makes food prices increase and they do little to help global climate change.

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By Scott, April 25, 2008 at 12:19 am Link to this comment

For the benefit of my American friends and added shock value I’ve converted the per litre price in the source I provided below to reflect the projected cost of a US gallon of gas in Canada. Today I paid about $4.40.

Bear in mind the price includes taxes and GST. The GST goes up as the price goes up meaning our government is making a killing too… I guess they have to pay for the tax cuts they give to the oil companies with something.

The price of gas will surge to…more than $8.50 a gallon by 2012 as oil supplies continue to deplete, a Canadian economist projected Thursday.

http://www.cbc.ca/canada/toronto/story/2008/04/24/gas-prices-consumer.html?ref=rss&loomia_si=t0:a3:g4:r2:c0

Jeff Rubin is a pretty sharp guy.

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By independent, April 23, 2008 at 12:33 am Link to this comment

What free market?  I see the government’s fingerprints all over this mess.  From federal subsidies to corporate farms to not grow food, or federal subsidies for biofuel.  Of course, every time the Federal Reserve announces a new creative way to debase the money supply, the price of everything goes up (except the dollar).

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By Aegrus, April 22, 2008 at 6:55 am Link to this comment

This is free-market in action. El conservitivos, what do you have to say now? Yeah, endorse ethanol because agribusiness can make a buck, but it’s a red herring isn’t it? Just a boondoggle. Then, don’t talk about localized farming, produce and manufacture. Hell, we’d need a Wal-Mart franchise on farming before that happened, right?

The only good thing about this crisis is it will bring to light the correlation between energy prices and food prices so that these weak-minded fools who think we can waste gas and energy with little repercussion(because Global Warming is just a myth, right?!). Grow up! Conservation is a pragmatic economical issue, the health of the planet and us humans who inhabit Earth is is just a side effect. It’s just not practical to import shit from all over the world under the wings of a finite, inefficient and unhealthy energy system.

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By GW=MCHammered, April 21, 2008 at 10:15 pm Link to this comment
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Where are your ‘democracy for all’ balls America?


Teachers’ strike could shut 1,000 schools
http://education.guardian.co.uk/schools/story/0,,2275218,00.html


US workers don’t stand. They cower.

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By foreclosurefish, April 21, 2008 at 9:57 am Link to this comment
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The food prices shoe may be much more severe, with shortages already being experienced in some countries and world food stocks so low. We’re burning up the last few inches of American food-producing topsoil in our gas tanks in the form of ethanol, as well. Maybe the gas price and food price shoes are actually the same shoe? But if that’s the case, what’s the next one to drop after gas/food?

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