'food shortage' on Serious Eats

Leading by, Um, Example?

The eight world leaders meeting for the G8 Summit in Hokkaido, Japan, scarfed a six-course lunch and then an eight-course dinner before discussing the world food shortage situation. [via Eat to Blog]... More

Global Chocolate Shortage On The Horizon?

Susie Mesure of the The Independent says it's time for chocoholics to brace themselves against the worst, all over again: Fears over a global chocolate shortage have sparked a run on the dark stuff on world cocoa markets that has pushed the price up of cacao beans (used to make cocoa) to their highest level for more than two years.(...) The price of cocoa futures, which is how the beans are traded on world commodity markets, has climbed steadily since last November, reviving fears of the cocoa crisis of 2002 that forced major manufacturers such as Nestlé to hike the price of some of its chocolate bars.Although speculators have been fingered for pushing the price of cocoa higher, British... More

Guacamole, the Super Bowl Fruit

"The avocado industry says it's expecting football fans to buy 53 million pounds of Hass avocados this week for Super Bowl Sunday, rivaling Cinco de Mayo for the day of the year when the most guacamole is consumed. The question is, after January's big freeze, will growers be able to meet the demand?" The SF Chronicle says California growers will do okay despite losing about 25% to 30% of their harvest due to cold fronts, but their avocados will be available for raised prices to California consumers who will also have access this month to avocados from both Chile and Mexico. Oh, and make sure to read all the way down to the end of the article for five... More

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