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This Nationwide Drought: Bad for Food Prices and Good for Insects

With drought-tied U.S. corn prices at a record high, the effects will ripple far and wide.

The worst drought in half a century will cause food prices to skyrocket, according to the latest figures released by the USDA. More than 60 percent of the country is currently in some state of drought, and week by week, it has worsened. In the past month, the price of corn has climbed 50 percent to an all time high of $8.24 per bushel and is expected to continue upward.

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The National Crop Reserve: An Old-School Plan We Need Again

We don't need to cut food stamps in the Farm Bill to make ends meet. The same crop reserve system that served us well for decades should be revived.

We're spending the month of June trying to understand how America's food system got so out of shape—and what we can do about it. As part of this series, called Forked Up, we asked experts from several nonprofit organizations to tell us their food system solutions. Here's Siena Chrisman from WhyHunger.

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A Decade of Global Food Price Increases in One Interactive Chart

Food prices have been rising for the last decade, but some foods spike and drop way more than others, and that's a problem.

Our friends at The Guardian Data Blog have culled food data from U.N. monthly food reports to chart price changes over the last decade. We already knew food prices were reaching record highs and may even double by 2030. What their interactive infographic shows us, however, is just how volatile some food types are. Prices for dairy products and sugar, for example, fluctuate wildly compared to meat.

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