The Japanese government will raise prices of five major brands of imported wheat for its resale to flour milling companies by an average 18 percent starting in April on rising wheat prices on the international market, it said Wednesday.
The Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries Ministry said the planned action will bring the average price to 56,710 yen per ton, which could translate into higher retail prices of bread and other wheat products.The move in the next biannual wheat price adjustment will mark the second consecutive hike after an increase of an average 1 percent last October.
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Global food prices are soaring again, as droughts, freezes and floods have affected various crops in many parts of the world. At the same time, demand is rising with living standards in fast-growing countries.
The price spikes are not as sharp as they were in 2008, but the new volatility reflects more than the sum of recent freakish weather "events," from severe droughts in China and Russia to floods in Australia to a deep freeze in Mexico.
Economists and scientists have identified longer-term changes — from global warming to China’s economic growth to a lack of productive farmland — as the culprits. Is the world producing enough food — specifically grain? Is this a continuation of the 2008 crisis, or something quite different?
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Grain prices are increasing and reaching historical highs. International food aid flows are being slashed because of it. Added to that fact, there is water and land scarcity, so higher crop yields are getting harder and harder to achieve. The number of hungry people will possibly soar, if something isn’t done. The responsibility of the Ministry of Agriculture was food security, but it has lost its power to control grain supplies as the United States has discontinued setting aside cropland since 1996. In a world where cropland is scarce decisions are more important. Decisions made by governments on the production of crop-based automotive fuels are already affecting grain supplies and prices. What other decisions will be made in developing or developed countries that will affect the hungry and poverty stricken?
Everything is really a decision, when the size of car you drive to the supermarket is starting to effect the size of your grocery bill.