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Food speculation 'boom' linked to volatile food prices


13th September, 2011

In a major investigation and film, the Ecologist takes a look at how volatile financial speculation on food commodities is causing hunger and poverty in Mexico - and around the world

Financial speculation has emerged as one of the lesser known factors behind the recent price surges in key foods like maize and wheat.

Investment banks have been accused of 'amplifying' price changes in food commodities through a surge in speculative trading.

The Ecologist Film Unit travelled to Mexico - one of the first countries to experience price jumps in its key commodity Maize back in 2006/7 - to find out how it has impacted people.










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