Miscellaneous Food Policy Links

I don’t typically do links posts, but some of my students sent me a number of interesting food policy links over the past few weeks.  I thought I should share them, so here goes. I might do more and more of those food policy link posts if the quantity supplied is high enough.
HT: Victoria Corti, Ryan Gorczycki, Rachel Leven, and Sylvia Sable.

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  1. Gabriel Power

    Re: Wall Street profiting from food spikes and world hunger, it is important to be precise here. As I explained a few years ago in a short comment in The Lancet, the fact that some financial firms (as well as individual and institutional investors such as pension funds) make a profit from futures positions in agricultural commodities is in no way evidence that they are the cause of food spikes. Investors can profit from futures either when prices rise (long position) or fall (short position) more than expected. Thus, ex ante they do not stand to profit more from food spikes than they do from food price drops. This also implies they have no reason to prefer to see food prices rise rather than fall (if they expect prices to fall they would take a short position instead).

    Futures, lastly, provide a useful price discovery mechanism, and can be used to hedge price risk if so desired.