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Peanut farming and the food crisis

May 8, 2008
Continuing our series on the worldwide food crisis, today we take a look at farmers who are taking advantage of the increased prices of commodities. Josephine Bennett reports from Georgia on the situation for peanut farmers.
Posted In: Economy

China's appetite is gobbling up supplies

May 7, 2008
Bad harvests, bad weather, bio-fuel policy.... They could all conceivably turn around. But over the long term there's one big unknown we can't really control: the growing collective appetite of China's 1.3 billion people. Scott Tong reports.

Food shortages not going away soon

May 7, 2008
Agricultural economists have been saying for years that we were due for a global food crisis. Still, for most of us, the current worldwide spike in food commodity prices has come from out of the blue. Today, Kai Ryssdal begins our special series, "Food Fight."

Farmers seeing long-awaited profits

May 7, 2008
In the midst of a worldwide food shortage crisis, the crops from small farms are earning record prices. Commentator and farmer Richard Oswald says it's a turnabout that's been a long time coming.
Posted In: Housing, Jobs

Yes, it's definitely a food 'crisis'

May 7, 2008
To start our special series called Food Fight, Host Scott Jagow talks to the head of research at Oxfam, an international group working on solutions to poverty, asking him why so many countries are fighting over food.
Posted In: Economy

Farmers fear a bust trailing the boom

May 1, 2008
The Department of Agriculture says U.S. farm profits this year are going to be well above average. But commentator and journalist Bill McConnell says farmers know better than to get too excited about any short-term windfall.

What if rice producers stick together?

May 1, 2008
Some big rice growing countries are taking a page from the global oil markets and considering forming an organization like OPEC for Asia's rice growers. Jeff Tyler reports on whether a food cartel could actually work.

More needy heading to food banks

May 1, 2008
Consumers are facing a double whammy. Sticker-shock at the gas pumps and again at the grocery store. Today a Congressional hearing focuses on how rising food costs affect Americans and what can be done. Jeff Tyler has more.
Posted In: Charity

Rising food prices leave millions hungry

Apr 28, 2008
Hundreds of millions of the world's poorest consumers are suffering greatly as the global cost of food has soared. Washington Post reporter Anthony Faioloa met some of them recently in western Africa. He talks with Kai Ryssdal about what he saw.

Rice crisis is 'as bad as it has ever been'

Apr 23, 2008
The price of rice is up 146% over a year ago. It's become expensive for Americans and dangerously scarce for the world's poorest consumers. Public policy professor Per Pinstrup-Andersen talks with Kai Ryssdal about the scarcity of the world's main grain.



About this collection

Fast and cheap. That's how we expect our food. But global demand is expected to double by 2050. Scarcity affects every continent. Riots and protests over food prices ripple across much of Africa, South Asia and Latin America. Even in the United States, food prices have soared recently. Marketplace, Marketplace Morning Report and Marketplace Money look at how we got to this point and how the world is coping with the prospect of not enough food.