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Energy and Food Lessons; Implications of Ukraine; Omicron Buys WTO Time

Energy and Food Lessons Energy and food prices are spiking at the same time policy reform advocates are seeking wholesale changes in the production of both resources. Already policymakers in Europe are having to consider using more natural gas and nuclear energy than originally envisioned in their march to carbon neutral. The FAO issued notice today that its food price barometer is up 27.3 percent this year and is the highest since June of 2011. With food prices expected to stay high in 2022, this could also force a slow-walk on the path to greater sustainability in food production as well.  Implications of Ukraine Russia has staged more than 100,000 troops plus equipment on the border with Ukraine and threatens to invade if NATO ma...

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