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Author Westhoff, Patrick C. (Patrick Charles), 1958-

Title The economics of food : how feeding and fueling the planet affects food prices / Patrick Westhoff.

Imprint Upper Saddle River, N.J. : FT Press, 2010.

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 Moore Stacks  HD9000.4 .W47 2010    Available  ---
Description vi, 247 p. ; 22 cm.
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (p. 215-232) and index.
Contents Biofuel boom -- Tell me the oil price -- Policies matter -- Rain and grain -- Money in the pocket, food on the plate -- Food appreciation and dollar depreciation -- Speculating on speculation -- Stuff happens -- A longer view.
Summary In recent years, food prices have soared--and plummeted. As crops are increasingly shifted to biofuel production, will prices soar again? What are the hidden relationships between the food on your plate and the gas in your car? Will economic recovery lead directly to massive inflation in both food and energy? What do food prices have to do with world hunger? Now, one of the world's leading experts untangles the complex global relationships between food, energy, and economics and helps readers draw their own intelligent conclusions about the future of food. Patrick Westhoff discusses the factors that drive food pricing: not just biofuels but also weather, income growth, exchange rates, energy prices, government policies, market speculation, and more. Next, he walks through several scenarios for the future, offering indispensable insights for consumers, commodity traders, and policymakers alike.
Subject Food prices.
Biomass energy.
Agriculture -- Economic aspects.
ISBN 9780137006106 (alk. paper)
0137006101 (alk. paper)