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ColdHaven:
Why use corn and soybean for fuel when Kudzu is prolific and you can barely get rid of it when you need to? Kudzu is being used in other countries for biofuel.

Thox Spuddy:
POPULATION:  Global Food Supply Near the Breaking Point
By Stephen Leahy

BROOKLIN, Canada, May 17 (IPS) - The world is now eating more food than farmers grow, pushing global grain stocks to their lowest level in 30 years.

Rising population, water shortages, climate change, and the growing costs of fossil fuel-based fertilisers point to a calamitous shortfall in the world's grain supplies in the near future, according to Canada's National Farmers Union (NFU).

Edited due to copyright issues -- please see here for Fair Use info.

http://ipsnews.net/news.asp?idnews=33268

Thox Spuddy:
http://www.reuters.com/article/domesticNews/idUSTRE5AC3BS20091113 :o

Thox Spuddy:
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GM seeds threaten food supply, claim researchers
By Caroline Scott-Thomas, 11-Sep-2009

Modern seed companies are reducing crop diversity – and this could have serious consequences for food supply as the climate heats up, researchers claimed at the World Seed Conference in Rome this week.

Edited due to copyright issues -- please see here for Fair Use info.


http://www.foodnavigator-usa.com/Financial-Industry/GM-seeds-threaten-food-supply-claim-researchers

world food supply threatened by genetically modified seeds. we need to support non-gm seeds by buying from places like seedsaver.org






fixed your link for you

Dave:
http://www.bloomberg.com/apps/news?pid=20601109&sid=aBYSp0.XfXZs&pos=14

Excerpts:

“The prospect of a further bout of food-price inflation in 2010 cannot be ruled out since many of the factors that contributed to higher prices in 2007 and 2008 are still a feature.”

“The tendency for food prices is up, it’s not down,” Unilever Chief Executive Officer Paul Polman said

"Rice may surge 63 percent.."

“increasing pressure on food prices to rise,” Nomura International Plc said

"Goldman Sachs Group Inc. said Dec. 3 that corn and soybeans will rally through 2011. Corn will reach $4.75 a bushel next year and $5 in 2011 on higher demand for fuels made from the grain, the bank said. Soybeans may reach $11 a bushel in the next 12 months and average $12 a bushel in 2011, Goldman said. "

"Food output will need to rise 70 percent in the next four decades as the global population expands to 9.1 billion in 2050 from 6.8 billion, the FAO estimates. "

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