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Food and Beverage Agriculture


  • Ten Billion People on Earth: Nightmare or Non-Event? Wednesday, 3 Oct 2012 | 7:45 AM ET
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    By 2100, some 10 million people will inhabit the earth, according to the United Nations.  When that happens will we encounter an “unprecedented planetary emergency” or can engineering, technology and the human spirit rise to the challenges posed by 10 billion people on earth?

  • Cramer’s 3 Earnings to Watch Wednesday Tuesday, 2 Oct 2012 | 3:49 PM ET

    Find out which earnings reports are on the "Mad Money" host's radar.

  • CNBC's Ego Trip

    Vote on the top 3 finalists for ego trip of the week. One will  be crowned the winner.

  • Food Crisis Overplayed? Thursday, 27 Sep 2012 | 8:20 PM ET
    Food Crisis Overplayed?

    Stan Ryan, Vice President at Cargill Corporate says that with markets more open now, there is less chances for a repeat of the 2008 food crisis. He explains more.

  • Forget Bacon, What Else Do We Need to Stockpile? Thursday, 27 Sep 2012 | 2:31 PM ET

    Soon, bacon won't be the only thing we'll need to hoard because of shortages.

  • Bacon-Eating Contests Banned as Shortage Looms Thursday, 27 Sep 2012 | 9:33 AM ET

    After one pig industry group predicted a bacon shortage, Major League Eating reacted swiftly, issuing a ban on all bacon-eating contests.

  • Regelbrugge: The Farm Labor Crisis: Imagined, or Real? Wednesday, 26 Sep 2012 | 2:12 PM ET

    In several recent columns, CNBC.com senior editor John Carney has dismissed any notion of a farm labor crisis, claiming that record farm profits suggest no such crisis exists. The senior editor’s all too common error is to grossly oversimplify American agriculture and draw the wrong conclusions as a result.

  • Time to Panic? Predictions of a Coming Bacon Shortage! Tuesday, 25 Sep 2012 | 2:14 PM ET

    One pig industry group is predicting a bacon — gasp! — shortage. Could it happen here in America? If it did, what would happen to society — looting, rioting? Bacon-related violence?!

  • Russian Farm, Chinese Farmer Sunday, 23 Sep 2012 | 7:35 PM ET
    A farmer plants rice in Baishixi, Yunnan province, China.

    When a Chinese investor bought a farm outside this village a few years back, he was pleased enough to name it Golden Land. The soil was rich, the sunshine and rain bountiful. The NYT Reports.

  • Child Field Workers: Who’s Picking Your Food? Thursday, 20 Sep 2012 | 12:56 PM ET

    It’s a fact many Americans don’t think about when shopping for their dinner table. Children as young as 8 years old may be picking their food.

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    Sugar prices may soften over the course of this year, breaking ranks with the rest of the commodity market's  "Breakfast Club"  of corn, wheat, soybeans and cocoa, which surged to multi-month and all-time highs as dry weather ravaged crops.

  • Underground & Under-Aged Workers Wednesday, 19 Sep 2012 | 2:45 PM ET
    Underground & Under-Aged Workers

    CNBC's Scott Cohn reports on child labor on America's farms.

  • Children of the Fields Wednesday, 19 Sep 2012 | 1:51 PM ET
    Children of the Fields

    It's something you may not think about while shopping at your grocery store, but children may be picking your produce. In a joint investigation with NBC affiliate KNTV, our Investigations Inc. team found U.S. citizens who have no other choice in order to make ends meet, with NBC's Stephen Stock.

  • Poultry Industry May Face Losses Thanks to Corn Prices Tuesday, 18 Sep 2012 | 5:21 PM ET
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    By December, the average poultry producer is probably going to lose about 5 to 10 cents a pound thanks to the summer's record corn prices, according to  Heather Jones of BB&T Capital.

  • Smallest Corn Crop in Six Years Better Than Worst Fears Wednesday, 12 Sep 2012 | 10:49 AM ET
    An underdeveloped ear of corn lays amongst corn plants damaged by extreme heat and drought conditions in a field in Carmi, Illinois.

    The latest numbers from the USDA firm up the outlook for this year's corn crop, and the final numbers may not be as bad as some feared.

  • Elderly Farmer Grows Cannabis by Mistake Wednesday, 5 Sep 2012 | 8:25 AM ET

    A 74-year old farmer in a small town in southern Germany who had intended to grow sunflowers says he planted more than 1,000 cannabis shrubs by mistake.

  • Louis-Dreyfus: Grain Prices to Remain Close to Highs Wednesday, 5 Sep 2012 | 3:05 AM ET

    The world’s second-largest wheat, corn and sugar trader tells CNBC that while agricultural prices will remain high the rest of the year, the world isn't going to experience a renewed food crisis.

  • Some Farmers 'Will Make More Money' in Drought Wednesday, 29 Aug 2012 | 10:42 AM ET
    Some Farmers 'Will Make More Money' in Drought

    There's no question there will be less corn than expected, and that has driven grain prices to record levels. There is some question as to how much corn farmers will suffer.

  • US Farmers Eye Record Profits Wednesday, 29 Aug 2012 | 2:41 AM ET

    U.S. farmers are heading for their most profitable year on record despite the worst drought in half a century as high grain prices and payouts from a federal crop insurance program compensate for a smaller harvest, the Financial Times reports.

  • Breakfast in America: The Real Cost of Corn Friday, 24 Aug 2012 | 1:23 PM ET

    With $8  corn appearing to be the new normal,  retail food prices are already rising. I asked a cattleman, two dairy farmers, a hog farmer and a couple of egg producers t how much corn is needed to feed a single animal over its lifespan, and how much product they get from that animal.