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A Look Behind Rising Food Prices: Population Growth; Rising Oil Prices; Weather Events

A Look Behind Rising Food Prices: Population Growth; Rising Oil Prices; Weather Events

Feb 21, 2011 at 08:42 | Gail Tverberg

Rising food prices, crowned by a recent record high spike and chronicled in the graph below, have played a role in triggering the spread of unrest that we’ve witnessed recently…

The Population Bomb Echoes

The Population Bomb Echoes

Feb 20, 2011 at 19:36 | Mad Hedge Fund Trader

Pack your portfolios with agricultural plays like Potash (POT), Mosaic (MOS), and Agrium (AGU) if Dr. Paul Ehrlich is just partially right about the impending collapse in the world’s food…

Why Commodities are Being Driven by Inflation and Supply Worries

Why Commodities are Being Driven by Inflation and Supply Worries

Feb 14, 2011 at 07:10 | Wall St. Cheat Sheet

The mainstream press loves to talk about emerging market demand as a cause of inflation, rising prices and the bull market in commodities. Did emerging markets suddenly begin demanding food,…

Despite High Prices - There is no Bubble in Commodities

Despite High Prices - There is no Bubble in Commodities

Feb 11, 2011 at 07:50 | Business Insider

High prices do not mean a bubbles. High prices are just high prices. Humans are horrible at best in predicting either the frequency or the magnitude of such moves, yet…

Rare Earth Deficiencies, Diagnosis... An Emergency Treatment Plan

Rare Earth Deficiencies, Diagnosis... An Emergency Treatment Plan

Feb 07, 2011 at 14:10 | Jeb Handwerger

A serious lack of rare earth elements is endemically afflicting the world body politic.  It has been brought on by a chronic combination of American short sightedness and Chinese need…

Water, Not Oil Could Soon Become the World’s Greatest catalyst for Conflict

Water, Not Oil Could Soon Become the World’s Greatest catalyst for Conflict

Jan 24, 2011 at 12:18 | Eurasianet

Writing about the 1967 Six Day War in his 2001 memoirs, Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon said that "While the border disputes between Syria and ourselves were of great significance,…

Can We Blame Bernanke for the Rise in Food and Commodity Prices?

Can We Blame Bernanke for the Rise in Food and Commodity Prices?

Jan 20, 2011 at 06:41 | Bruce Krasting

It wouldn’t be fair to say that Bernanke is responsible for all the run-up in global food prices. There are many factors at play. That’s not to say the US…

Russia in Joint Venture With Mongolia to Develop Uranium Resource

Russia in Joint Venture With Mongolia to Develop Uranium Resource

Jan 07, 2011 at 08:54 | RFE/RL staff

Russian President Dmitry Medvedev has signed a law on forming a joint venture with Mongolia to develop a large uranium deposit. Medvedev's signature clears the way for creation of the…

2011 Commodities Trading Forecast

2011 Commodities Trading Forecast

Jan 06, 2011 at 10:39 | Mad Hedge Fund Trader

This is my favorite asset class for the next decade, as investors increasingly catch on to the secular move out of paper assets into hard ones. Don’t buy anything that…

A Perfect Storm is Settling Up for the Grains

A Perfect Storm is Settling Up for the Grains

Jan 05, 2011 at 09:21 | Mad Hedge Fund Trader

I bet I’m the only guy you know whose wedding was filmed by the KGB. In the seventies, my friend, the TASS correspondent, Yuri, shot the entire assembled foreign press…

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