CNBC Poll: Is Commodities Speculation Driving Up Food Prices?

Cocoa. Corn. Beef. Pork. All of these commoditieshave seen enormous price increases in the last year.

Food Economics - A CNBC Special Report
Food Economics - A CNBC Special Report

Sure, bad weather is to blame for some it, but there's a growing chorus of people — including CEOs, such as Howard Schultz of Starbucks — who say commodities market speculation is a major factor in driving up food prices.

In Washington, Sen. Carl Levin (D., Mich.), for one, wants regulators to curb excessive speculation in the markets.

Others blame the weak dollar, a result of the Federal Reserve's easy-money policy.

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