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Can Palm Oil Go Green?

One of the uncomfortable facts of being eco-friendly is the realization of just how many eco-unfriendly products exist right around you.  Buying everything from ice cream ...

The Odd Confluence of Coffee and Beer

Do Americans love any two chemicals more than caffeine and alcohol?  Not only are we among the world leaders in consumption of coffee and tea, but we also pack away more ...

Why Rubber Needs A Bounce

Rebounding occurs everywhere in human society, but most conspicuously in basketball and on the commodities market.  The confluence of these two sectors of our civilization ...

The TTP's Sweetest Subsidies

Connecting a full one-third of the world's total trade economy together in the Trans-Pacific Partnership deal, one of the largest free-trade pacts in all of economic ...

Black Sea Wheat Is Rocking The Grain World

As little as one hundred years ago, the majority of grain traded throughout the world could not travel further than a few towns or counties over.  The risk of crop spoilage ...

Chinese Beef Smuggling: The Newest Black Market

The word "smuggle" derives from the German word smuggelen, meaning "of an unknown or unfamiliar origin."  It's a name that applies perfectly to black-market products, ...

Hive Shortages: Why Soybeans Could Become The Bee's Knees

Concern over genetically modified organisms (GMOs) in our food supply has caused consumers to boycott stores and demand legislative action in order to eliminate genetically ...

The African Corn Crop Is Failing

Travel to parts of the United States and you may hear farmers discussing the so-called "War on Corn", often involving a repeal of the corn subsidies that have made the crop into ...

How The Trans-Pacific Partnership Will Change The Cotton Game

In the world of investment, sexy commodities like gold and oil reap all the attention of the press, and for good reason: gold matches the fluctuations of the global economy, ...

The Avian Flu Will Make Poultry Profits Fly

Why, ask comedians and philosophers alike, did the chicken cross the road?  Come 2015, it seems we have an answer: to get to the other side, a side free from the ...

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