Food Price Inflation in the ’90s

In Ethanol, Food Prices by Cindy

As crude oil futures rose to a record high near $114 a barrel in trading on Tuesday at the New York Mercantile Exchange, some news reports continue to focus on higher corn prices as the culprit for increased food prices. But, some of the message seems to be getting through. Many of the reports I have been reading lately have …

Big Oil Spill, Aisle Seven …

In Ethanol, Food Prices, Food vs Fuel by Ken

The Grocery Manufacturers Association has been attacking corn and ethanol lately, and one can wonder why. After all, corn and other farm inputs are only a small part of the retail food dollar. High energy costs have a much greater impact on what we pay at the grocery store checkout. Why, then, does the GMA work openly hand-in-hand with Big …

Columnist Says a Mouthful

In Farming, Food Prices by Cindy

Columnist Alan Guebert says a mouthful about food prices in a column this week entitled “Don’t Complain With a Full Mouth.” Guebert details how the late former Agriculture Secretary Earl Butz used a loaf of bread as a visual aid to demonstrate the farmer’s share of the food dollar. “Farmers don’t set the price of food,” Old Fencerow to Fencerow …