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Harvest in Vietnam and Thailand may not bring rice prices down

February 21, 2008

By Ho Binh Minh
February 21, 2008

The spring rice harvest in Thailand and Vietnam, the top exporters of the grain, might fail to halt a rally that has raised prices more than 20 percent this year, as governments and traders stock up on staples that they fear could be in short supply.

A farmer harvesting rice in the Philippines. Offers for rice have risen to $550 a ton, the highest in a decade. (Reuters)

Rising demand from the fast-growing Middle East and increased consumption in African have led to the increase in the cost of Thai rice this year. Offers have topped $500 a ton for the first time in a decade, a worrying sign for Asian policy makers already on alert about food security and inflation.

Asian grain prices normally fall or level off during the harvest season that begins next month, but analysts say that paradigm could crumble this year.

“There is no reason to believe that world prices will come down….

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By Ho Binh Minh Reuters
Published: February 21, 2008

U.S. Olympic Team Taking Own Food To China

February 21, 2008
By STEPHEN WADE, AP Sports Writer

BEIJING – The United States Olympic Committee‘s plan to bring its own food to China has disappointed the head of food services for the Beijing Olympics.
Chinese fans wave flags and chant before the start of Japan ... 

Wary of food quality in China following recent incidents of tainted products and reports of the heavy use of drugs and insecticides in food production, the USOC is planning to transport tons of meats and other foods to a training camp at Beijing Normal University.

“I feel it’s a pity that they (Americans) decided to take their own food,” Kang Yi, the head of the Food Division for the Beijing organizing committee, said Thursday. She added the U.S. had not officially notified her department of the plan.

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