(a set of interoffice emails)
Sanjiv to me
9:10 AM Reply
See the riots in Haiti over food prices?
Mike to me
9:03 AM Reply
Much of it caused by financial intermediaries
YES, TO THE EXTENT THERE ARE EXCESS INVENTORIES.
BIOFUELS, TO THE EXTENT THE FOOD/ACREAGE HAS BEEN USED FOR FUEL
On Wed, Apr 9, 2008 at 9:02 AM, Brian wrote:
Did you see the news in the Philippines last night? The government is going to start increasing wages to help people deal with rising food and energy costs. Interesting approach toward combating inflation.
Yes, the mainstream calls that ‘monetizing’ the price increases. Given a shortage, giving people more funds doesn’t add to supply in the short run, and, (twist on Keynes coming) when it comes to food shortages in the short run we’re all dead.