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Wet weather 'food price rise'

Farmers and retailers are warning that the UK's dismal summer will push up food prices for consumers this autumn. Wheat yields fell 14.1% this year, according to the National Farmers Union (NFU).

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Financial speculation 'drives food prices up higher'

Campaigners from the World Development Movement say financial speculation could send prices soaring Credit: Reuters

"Food prices are rising steeply due to poor harvests, and if the 2008 food price crisis is anything to go by, we may see financial speculation driving prices up even further in the coming months."

“In the absence of effective regulation of the finance sector, banks and hedge funds are effectively gambling on food prices."

“Here in the UK, the poorest people are already cutting down on fresh fruit and vegetables because they can’t afford them. In developing countries, where people spend up to 90 per cent of their incomes on food, price spikes force millions of people to go hungry."

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