German beer drinkers are eagerly awaiting Sept. 22, when the first Oktoberfest beer barrel will be tapped in Munich. But when that happens, they might want to drink up — because the city's brewers are worried they won't be able to supply enough beer for the two-week party that will follow.
Getting local restaurants or food factory to donate food scraps to farmers can be complicated. So most livestock producers buy their feed on the open market, and suffer the higher prices caused by the drought in the Midwest.
As climate change brings more drought and flooding, food prices are expected to keep spiking. Such spikes affect the poor the most, but especially the poor in Africa and the Middle East, says a new Oxfam report.
A USDA report shows that 18 million households are struggling with the lingering effects of the recession. Particularly hard hit are households with children headed by single mothers who may be working but aren't earning enough to get by without assistance.
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