Late Final Extra. Innovative coffin ads h/t Tiny Dancer prompt calls for commenters IT “I once did something filthy with a sock puppet” and Tiny Dancer to be banned for lowering the tone of the site.
Posts of the week. Agriculture continues to become more productive. So much for running out of food.
The US Department of Agriculture (USDA) reports that world rice harvests for 2012/2013 were a record 469 million metric tons. Corn and wheat harvests were also strong, following record harvests for both grains during the 2011/2012 season. The USDA is now projecting world record harvests for corn, wheat, and rice for 2013/2014.
Just imagine if they wasted less grain by converting it into biofuel to replace petrol!
The rapid rise in food prices has been a burden on the poor in developing countries, who spend roughly half of their household incomes on food. It concludes that the most important factor was the large increase in biofuels production in the U.S. and the EU. Without these increases, global wheat and maize stocks would not have declined appreciably, oilseed prices would not have tripled, and price increases due to other factors, such as droughts, would have been more moderate.
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Around the town: At the frontier of science and technology. The Little Red Blog, IPA HEY. The Sydney Institute. Australian Taxpayers Alliance, Liberty on the Rocks, the notice board for the ATA: Quadrant on line, Mannkal Foundation, Centre for Independent Studies.
Leftoid philosopher of the week. When philosophers run out of things to say. The first comment nails it.
An invisible Austrian? Does this very active Austrian at Melbourne Uni have a profile in the Australian School of Economics?