World braced for new food crisis

Thursday, July 19, 2012
By Paul Martin

By Jack Farchy in London and Gregory Meyer in New York
July 19, 2012

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The world is facing a new food crisis as the worst US drought in more than 50 years pushes the agricultural commodity prices to record highs.

Corn and soyabean prices surged to record highs on Thursday, surpassing the peaks of the 2007-08 crisis that sparked food riots in more than 30 countries. Wheat prices are not yet at record levels but have rallied more than 50 per cent in five weeks, exceeding prices reached in the wake of Russia’s 2010 export ban.

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