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How the (Finally Ended) Corn Ethanol Subsidy Made Us Fat

America's food chain has lately produced a bumper crop of scary news, but the worst food-related threat to our health was being caused by U.S. energy policy: Here's how the corn ethanol subsidy was making us fatter, and why to be glad that Congress finally killed it.

Syngenta: An Agribusiness Stock That's Flourishing

Once unknown to most U.S. investors, Syngenta has blossomed as one of the world's leading agribusiness companies, with a hefty 19% global share in the multibillion-dollar crop-protection market and 11% in seed production. Its stock is near a record high.

Ethanol, the Next Generation: Corn Is Out, Cellulose Is In

It has become clear to politicians and scientists that corn-based ethanol isn't the solution for creating a home-grown fuel source. Enter "cellulosic ethanol," made from wood chips, weeds or algae: Is this the fuel of the future? A company called Mascoma is gearing up to prove it is.

Squeezing Seniors: Social Security Stays Flat as Prices Rise

Besides the unemployed, nobody is getting hurt worse in this economy than seniors. Prices on many commodities are skyrocketing, but the Consumer Price Index, which is the yardstick used to adjust Social Security for inflation, is virtually unchanged.

EPA to Raise Limit on Ethanol Concentration in Gasoline

The government will raise the limit on ethanol concentration in gasoline for some cars. The Environmental Protection Agency will raise the limit to as much as 15%, from the current 10%, for vehicles made in 2007 or later, Bloomberg News said without naming its sources.

Smithfield Foods Earnings Beat Wall Street Estimates

Smithfield Foods beat Wall Street's fourth-quarter earnings estimates Thursday, its report noting that signs are emerging to indicate the beginnings of a turnaround in the battered and beleaguered hog industry. The company's adjusted results showed a profit of 18 cents a share.

A Biofuel Station Coming to a Town Near You

Lines for dirty old gasoline could start getting a little shorter at Shell and ExxonMobil stations on the crunchy West Coast. Startup Propel Fuels has raised $20 million to expand its network of biofuel stations. The financing comes just after the Feds set a new renewable fuel standard.

Famed Investor Jim Rogers Says Food Shortages Coming

A severe food shortage is on its way, according to famed investor Jim Rogers. Food inventories are the lowest in decades and "[m]any farmers cannot get loans to buy fertilizer now, even though we have big shortages developing," he said.

Caterpillar disappoints badly

Caterpillar Inc. (CAT) today reported its first quarterly loss in 16 years. The heavy equipment manufacturer said the worst economic crisis since the...

Inflation? What inflation?

While the news media is in a panic about inflation and the potential for a recession, the actual numbers are a bit more encouraging. The Labor...