Reasons for Rising Food Prices

No single factor can be blamed for the global food crisis. An unlucky confluence of events over the past several years contributed to soaring prices.

SOURCES: Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, World Bank, U.S. Department of Agriculture, Renewable Fuels Association, Food and Agricultural Policy Research Institute, Bloomberg, International Grains Council; GRAPHICS: Karen Yourish and Todd Lindeman, The Washington Post; INTERACTIVE: Kat Downs, washingtonpost.com - April 27, 2008

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