Food inflation, the Federal reserve, and speculators

Food inflation is caused by quantitative easing by the Fed and unchecked agricultural speculation as well as by crop failures. People do tend to get cranky when food prices soar. Especially when they have little money to begin with.

Rising food prices contribute to popular uprisings in Egypt, Tunisia, Yemen.

Food inflation in South East Asia rising.

Food inflation in India at 19.5%.

Record food prices cause Africa riots, help US farm exports.

Aha, now we’re getting somewhere. US agriculture is doing great because of soaring prices. So, along with bad weather and failed crops, what else could be causing rising prices?

Why, lookee here, it’s our very own Federal Reserve.

Quantitative easing is causing food prices to skyrocket

Share price of Elements Rogers International Commodity Agriculture ETN as a proxy for food prices generally.

US financial speculation in commodities is certainly making things worse, says Danny Schechter on al Jazeera.

Davos leaders warned on speculation in agricultural commodities but of course got all twitchy when the subject of regulation was brought up.

So, the usual suspects appear to have moved on from the catastrophe they caused in real estate into creating a bubble in food. You think they care if people starve because of their actions? Why of course they don’t.

One comment

  1. Don’t forget China and their troubles in this regard, too. The central banks around the globe are preparing for a lot of this via becoming net buyers of gold. Watching the moves in gold right now has become very interesting in the light of all this inflation which the gov seems intent on ignoring.

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