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Oil - covered in other posts.

Bulk shipping rates - going up and highest they've ever been.


Food in the UK, going up up up (on top of the global rises thanks to commodity pricing changes.


Floods spell 'crisis' for farming

By Victoria Bone

BBC News

Animals on flooded farm

Livestock have drowned and their winter feed has been destroyed

As the waters slowly recede, experts say the floods will leave a disaster for British farming in their wake.

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I think I heard something about European agriculture being badly affected by the HOT weather there. 30% below expectations.

But on the other hand what about the effect of the weak dollar?

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A sorry, soggy tale as downpours wreck the harvest

Helen Nugent

Shortages of vegetables and grains will last until next spring, farming experts said yesterday.

With many fields under water, unharvested crops have been ruined and farmers are unable to do any new planting. Some growers say they have lost two thirds of their summer crop.

Peter Davis, managing director of Davis Worldwide, a leading importer of fresh fruit and vegetables, said: “In 30 years I have never seen a situation like this.” Supplies of potatoes, broccoli, courgettes, cauliflower, sweetcorn, parsnips and peas have all been affected. Crop consultants say that more than 70 per cent of barley and oilseed rape is ready to harvest but farmers are unable to get into the fields. Sprout growers have given warning of a severe shortage at Christmas as farmers have been unable to plant crops.

Mr Davis said: “We can’t source abroad because it’s either too hot and the products have been cooked or it’s too wet and the product is in water.”

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