Archive for August, 2010

things in the news

A story in the news about food (at a global level) by: Julie Crawshaw

Eclectica hedge fund manager Hugh Hendry says the world faces further commodity price rises and a potential food shortage if Asian economic growth continues unchecked, CityWire reports.

“Asia is putting on fantastic economic growth and if China or Asia does not have a great recession, we will have pressure on the food supply,” Hendry told the BBC, noting that years of underinvestment in agriculture and rapid population growth must inevitably take their toll.

“For 30 years, the price of agriculture has collapsed,” Hendry says, falling by 90 percent in real terms, which is why he hasn’t invested in the sector.

Hendry’s global macro strategy macro hedge fund Eclectica Asset Management has come out number one in Bloomberg’s year to date rankings of macro strategy funds.

For the rest of the story, click here

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The Egg Recall

Wow, if you haven’t heard the news, there is a major recall on eggs in Iowa.  The company responsible for the eggs recalled almost a half billion eggs.  That is a lot of eggs.  Now, if you know much about those chicken farms, they jam 3 or 4 chickens in a small box and all they do all day long is produce produce produce.  I know we are blessed to be able to have so much access to food at such a reasonable price.  I am sure that the cost of $.99 per dozen for eggs is a great benefit.  Until, we read about 1000 people being affected by Samonela (for more on the story http://www.newsmax.com/US/US-Tainted-Eggs/2010/08/22/id/368083).  I know we can’t help those 1000 plus people who are being affected, but we could help the people in the future.  What if we focused on just a couple of changes.

  1. grew local
  2. bought local

If we as a city aimed our sights at looking for ways to bless the local farmers, then in return they are going to grow more.  This would help us to have a little bit more connection to our local farmers and look for ways to bring a lost ingredient to our foods that we have grown to overlook…accountability.  If you look at the story, you will see this farmer has had a history of issues, and it may be caught up to him.  But he may be able to scathe by like previous time, by paying a couple of million dollars to cover the fines.  In the mean time, people will still be affected, whether, it was employees, customers, distributors, animal feeders.

So, the next time, you go to buy eggs, you may wonder briefly, hum, where did these come from.

Well, in the mean time, see you around town, and unfortunately, even may be in the line of a grocery store.

Please feel free to share your thoughts

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There is a resurgence of people who are taking a second look at what they eat.  If you are one of them, you have probably noticed the generous price increase for natural or organic foods.  Through Thrive Foods buying club we bring the purchasing power of a store and pass the savings on to you.