by Ian Froeb
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)