Crop Prices Touch Two-Month High as Food Supply Concerns Mount
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September 13 2022

Commentary by Eoin Treacy

Crop Prices Touch Two-Month High as Food Supply Concerns Mount

This article from Bloomberg may be of interest to subscribers. Here is a section:

A US crop report Monday showed a surprisingly large cut in the country’s soybean stockpiles following a hot and dry summer. Drought also is sinking the French corn harvest to its smallest in three decades and has curbed sugar supplies from South America.

“The damage has been done,” said Peter Collier, market analyst at UK-based CRM AgriCommodities. “It’s now beginning to be quantified.”

The weather challenges, combined with Russian President Vladimir Putin’s recent criticism of the Black Sea crop-export deal, highlight how fragile global supplies are. The Bloomberg Agriculture Spot Index, which tracks crops including wheat, sugar and soy, climbed for a second straight day Tuesday to its highest level since late June.

Eoin Treacy's view

From 2002 to 2008 there were concerns the world was heading toward peak oil. That created a boom in biofuels which created a new source of demand for food commodities like corn, sugar and palm oil. Prices spiked and the world decided maybe it wasn’t such a good idea to rely on food for fuel.

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