October 5, 2012 Researchers recently calculated the theoretical food value of the ethanol in a gas tank. At the heart of the calculation is this: Should we burn so much food as fuel? And how will it impact food prices and the world's poor?
September 21, 2012 The growing drought in the U.S. makes soil so dry it's pulling away from house foundations. That leads to cracks and gaps underneath the ground, prompting expensive home repairs to shore up houses.
September 6, 2012 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.
August 31, 2012 Farmers are uploading videos to YouTube that offer an intimate perspective of the unfolding drought. Some say rising food prices are already hurting local businesses in their communities.
August 24, 2012 Farmers are getting real-time news they can use, and moral support, from other farmers on Twitter. The social networking tool is especially important in this year's severe drought, which is affecting most of the country.
July 19, 2012 Livestock and chicken farmers say the government's ethanol policy inflates fuel prices and forces them to compete with fuel companies for corn the fuel companies don't even want. This year, gas companies are required to buy 13 billion gallons of ethanol.