Monthly Archives: March 2011

The Vulnerability of Our Food System

Steel grain silos in Ralls, Texas

Steel grain silos in Ralls, Texas

It was reported yesterday by the United Nations that worldwide food prices once again increased to a record level.  An index of 55 food commodities rose 2.2% in February and since 2000 has increased 130.1% in real terms.  Pundits of the Middle East and North African country social uprisings suggest some of the fuel for unrest came from rising food prices and the financial toll this is having on households.  Recall in 2007 and the early part of 2008 the dramatic increases in world food prices that created great social unrest in the low-income, food deficit countries.  Food riots were reported across Haiti, Bangladesh, Egypt and many other regions of the world.

Today in America we greatly take for granted our industrial food system and as consumers assume we will always have enough food at reasonable prices.  This  sense of security has been instilled in us for decades because of the long term price stability and abundant availability of food sources.  American food policies and resulting agricultural subsidies have not changed since the Nixon administration when federal policies were enacted to promote maximum production of our basic commodity crops (corn, soybeans, wheat and rice).  As a result, it was a long time ago when “beans were in the teens.”

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The Annual Women’s Investor Symposium

Nicholas Hoffman &Carl Company greatly values education.  As a part of this mission, Carl Gambrell led a series of four ninety-minute discussions focusing on key elements of finance and the unique position of women as investors.

See below the invitations and programs from previous years:

Click here to view the program for the 1st Annual Women’s Investor Symposium.

Click here to view the program for the 2nd Annual Women’s Investor Symposium.

Click here to view the invitation for the 3nd Annual Women’s Investor Symposium

Click here to view the invitation for the 4th Annual Women’s Investor Symposium