The Morning Brew: Friday, 4.18

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Clearly, the dramatic, worldwide rise in food costs is the food story of 2008 (so far). Today the New York Times checks in with a comprehensive look at the crisis the rise is causing in poor countries.

Related: France plans to increase its global food aid. (AFP)

Also related: The president of Brazil says biofuels are not to blame for rising fuel costs. Brazil is a major producer of biofuels. (Guardian)

The USDA claims it doesn't require more inspectors or better technology to oversee the nation's meat supply. (Baltimore Sun)

-Ian Froeb

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