Food Vs. Fuel

Biofuels an idea that can really fly for airlines

Biofuels are getting ready for take-off in the airline industry.

Sunday, 22 January, 2012, 12:00am

Roots of food crisis run deep

Good harvests currently in the fields means world food prices are likely to come down from their recent record levels, but not by much. Pressures of constantly growing world population and squeezes on production and farmland will keep prices of wheat, corn, sugar, edible oils, meats and fish and other staples at or near record prices for the near future.

21 Jun 2011 - 12:00am

Tight supply pushes price of pork to record highs

Pork prices, an important indicator of inflation on the mainland, have risen to record highs after low prices last year prompted pig farmers to exit the business.

17 Jun 2011 - 12:00am

Going against the grain

At various stages of Chinese history, grain has been valuable enough to form a kind of currency, with rulers seeing its supply as crucial for stability. Its importance was underlined in recent weeks when Premier Wen Jiabao , during a visit to spring ploughing in rural Hebei province , warned that 'our mind will not be at rest if we do not maintain an abundant supply of grain'.

23 Apr 2008 - 12:00am

Inflation bites where it hurts most - food

Retired state worker Guan Jingwen has a problem: although her small government pension payout has increased, the extra she receives has not kept up with the rising cost of her most basic expense - food.

The 69-year-old says the price rises have hurt so much that she has now given up buying fresh milk.

21 Apr 2008 - 12:00am

Backlash feared over food-price measures

Analysts warn of high inflation on removal of caps

The sweeping administrative measures announced on Wednesday to control rising food prices on the mainland will work for a short time - though they will erode companies' profits - but may result in bigger fluctuations later, businessmen and economists warned yesterday.

18 Jan 2008 - 12:00am

Price cap promise on basic necessities

Beijing steps up fight against rising inflation

The central government said it would cap prices for basic necessities such as food, oil and public services to step up efforts to curb widespread inflation as last month's official data showed prices were still rising.

10 Jan 2008 - 12:00am

Hunger pains

Global warming has us all in such a bind that governments are doing some crazy things to placate the worried masses. I would even go so far as to say that a few are committing crimes against humanity. Now, before anyone takes umbrage at this comment, please note that it is not an original sentiment. The originator was the UN's special rapporteur on the right to food, Jean Ziegler.

9 Nov 2007 - 12:00am

Worrying signs of inflationary pressure

Hong Kong is getting more expensive. On Friday the number-crunchers at the Census and Statistics Department released data showing consumer prices rose 1.3 per cent over the 12 months to June. That does not sound like much of a jump but there are worrying signs that the rate of price increases is about to accelerate.

23 Jul 2007 - 12:00am

Inflation tipped to speed up as food, services prices lift

China's inflation rate is expected to accelerate amid rising prices for food and public services, according to the nation's top economic planner.

1 Aug 2006 - 12:00am