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Subject:  Re: Investing in Gold Date:  5/7/2009  11:48 AM
Author:  katinga Number:  113 of 113

High food prices are almost always man-made. Grains took off when energy prices were up due to fuels needed to plant and harvest, and ethanol production reduced food crop acreage. To that extent, food prices are a proxy for fuel prices.

However, crop disease pandemics and weather problems can also have an effect on supply, so you can see that food prices can get out of step with respect to other commodities.
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