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  • World Braced for New Food Crisis Friday, 20 Jul 2012 | 3:46 AM ET
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    The world is facing a new food crisis as the worst US drought in more than 50 years pushes agricultural commodity prices to record highs.

  • Corn Prices Surge on USDA Forecast   Wednesday, 11 Jul 2012 | 10:51 AM ET
    Corn Prices Surge on USDA Forecast

    CNBC's Jane Wells reports on the latest trades in corn and grain after a government report predicts significant cuts in yields.

  • China Says No More Shark Fin Soup at State Banquets Wednesday, 4 Jul 2012 | 3:23 AM ET
    Shark finning: one of the world's most destructive fisheries. Shark fins are removed whilst the remainder of the carcass is discarded at sea, Baja California, Mexico.

    China said Tuesday that it would prohibit official banquets from serving shark fin soup, an expensive and popular delicacy blamed for a sharp decline in global shark populations. The NYT reports.

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    In sum, to ensure a world where hunger does not overwhelm society, bold leadership will be necessary to preserve civility in the global neighborhood.

  • Fata: How Hemp Can Solve the Population Explosion Friday, 29 Jun 2012 | 12:40 PM ET
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    Hemp is one of the most versatile crops in the world. For food products, only the hemp seed is used. The rest of the plant — the stalk or fiber, can be used for clothing, building materials or energy.

  • New York Plans to Ban Sale of Big Sizes of Fizzy Drinks Thursday, 31 May 2012 | 3:54 AM ET
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    New York City plans to enact a far-reaching ban on the sale of large sodas and other sugary drinks at restaurants, movie theaters and street carts, in the most ambitious effort yet by the Bloomberg administration to combat rising obesity, the New York Times reports.

  • Osborne in U-Turn on Hot Pasty Tax Tuesday, 29 May 2012 | 3:56 AM ET
    Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne holds Disraeli's original budget box as he leaves 11 Downing Street for Parliament.

    George Osborne’s political roasting over hot pies intensified on Monday after the chancellor was forced into a £40m retreat on his proposed “pasty tax”, as the Budget showed new signs of unraveling, the FT reports.

  • How to Trade Organic Foods   Friday, 25 May 2012 | 12:30 PM ET
    How to Trade Organic Foods

    An update on Facebook shares and the top three trades of the day, with FMHR trades. Also, CNBC's Jane Wells reports healthy foods cost less money per portion size than non-organic foods, and shares of Hain Celestial are up 50% year-to-date.

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    If Americans ever eat genetically engineered fast-growing salmon, it might be because of a Soviet biologist turned oligarch turned government minister turned fish farming entrepreneur, the New York Times reports.

  • Outrageous Drinks Monday, 14 May 2012 | 4:54 PM ET
    The latest entry into the flavored vodka arena: While that might not be the vodka of choice for your next Bloody Mary, you have to admit you’re curious. That’s what marketers are counting on. Unusual flavors and packaging are helping companies in the alcoholic beverage market stand out in a saturated – so to speak – market. According to the latest data from the USDA Economic Research Service, consumers spent nearly  on alcoholic beverages in the U.S. in 2010.So, with a little creative packaging

    With a little creative packaging and a lot of innovation, spirits manufacturers are expanding the market. Check out some of the most unusual ways businesses are innovating in the world of alcohol.

  • Mad Cow Disease Found in Central California   Wednesday, 25 Apr 2012 | 7:52 AM ET
    Mad Cow Disease Found in Central California

    Bob Bazell, NBC News reports on the first case of mad cow disease to surface in the U.S. in six years. The USDA is assuring consumers there is no danger of meat from the California dairy cow entering the food chain.

  • Pizza Beats Back Bacon Tuesday, 24 Apr 2012 | 1:01 PM ET
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    Pizza lovers are fighting back, making an impressive marketing attack with the new Pizza Shirt.

  • Recession-Proof Industries Thursday, 19 Apr 2012 | 4:51 PM ET
    Starting a small business is a risky proposition even in the best financial times. If you’re thinking about starting one but are worried about how it will fare during a downturn, you might want to consider an industry that can be described as “recession-proof.”A recession-proof industry caters to an ongoing demand. If a business provides goods or services fitting this profile, its odds of weathering economic storms are better than those that don’t. This is why medical and diagnostic laboratories

    If you're worried about how yours might fare during a downturn, consider a recession-proof industry, which caters to ongoing demands.

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    For the first time in history, it may be considered frugal to eat out!

  • Mayorga Coffee

    Through an 18 month period, we saw our overall cost of goods increase 40% and we challenged ourselves to take on the brunt of the impact.

  • Cyr: Food Inflation Squeezing Juice Business Friday, 13 Apr 2012 | 10:44 AM ET
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    Consumers have been squeezed – and it shows in their purchasing behavior. In our business, each 1% increase in price typically reduces consumption by 1%.

  • Why Cramer Finds Sara Lee So Attractive   Thursday, 12 Apr 2012 | 6:15 PM ET
    Why Cramer Finds Sara Lee So Attractive

    Mad Money's Cramer explains how breaking up Sara Lee will unlock value for investors, and put a $3 special dividend in their pocket.

  • Governors Urge Consumers to Rethink 'Pink Slime' Thursday, 29 Mar 2012 | 10:43 AM ET
    BERLIN - JULY 31: Cuts of beef and pork lie in a display counter at a supermarket July 30, 2007 in Berlin, Germany. According to media reports July 31, 2007 Gerd Sonnleitner, head of the German Farmers' Association, has called for a nationwide rise in prices of meat, especially beef and pork, and is predicting an overall rise in the price of groceries in Germany. Milk and dairy products prices in Germany have already risen in recent days by as much as 50 percent. (Photo by Sean Gallup/Getty Imag

    Three governors plan to tour pink slime maker Beef Products's plant in Nebraska to show their support for the company and the several thousand jobs it creates.

  • Cuba: Edge of Economic Reform   Monday, 26 Mar 2012 | 7:44 AM ET
    Cuba: Edge of Economic Reform

    CNBC's Michelle Caruso-Cabrera has the details on the changes that allows Cubans to buy and sell homes and cars, and the 181 categories of jobs for those who want to be self-employed, as the Cuban government is working on "perfecting socialism."

  • Doing Business with Cuba, Despite Embargo Friday, 23 Mar 2012 | 11:54 AM ET
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    Hundreds of millions of dollars worth of goods have been exported from the U.S. to Cuba for the past several years, and it's legal—despite the fact that an embargo is still in place.