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The secret financial life of food : from commodities markets to supermarkets, Kara Newman

Label
The secret financial life of food : from commodities markets to supermarkets
Title
The secret financial life of food
Title remainder
from commodities markets to supermarkets
Statement of responsibility
Kara Newman
Creator
Subject
Language
eng
Summary
One morning while reading Barron's, Kara Newman took note of a casual bit of advice offered by famed commodities trader Jim Rogers. "Buy breakfast," he told investors, referring to the increasing value of pork belly and frozen orange juice futures. The statement inspired Newman to take a closer look at agricultural commodities, from the iconic pork belly to the obscure peppercorn and nutmeg. The results of her investigation, recorded in this fascinating history, show how contracts listed on the Chicago Mercantile Exchange can read like a menu and how market behavior can dictate global economic and culinary practice. The Secret Financial Life of Food reveals the economic pathways that connect food to consumer, unlocking the mysteries behind culinary trends, grocery pricing, and restaurant dining. Newman travels back to the markets of ancient Rome and medieval Europe, where vendors first distinguished between "spot sales" and "sales for delivery." She retraces the storied spice routes of Asia and recounts the spice craze that prompted Christopher Columbus's journey to North America, linking these developments to modern-day India's bustling peppercorn market. Newman centers her history on the transformation of corn into a ubiquitous commodity and uses oats, wheat, and rye to recast America's westward expansion and the Industrial Revolution. She discusses the effects of such mega-corporations as Starbucks and McDonalds on futures markets and considers burgeoning markets, particularly "super soybeans," which could scramble the landscape of food finance. The ingredients of American power and culture, and the making of the modern world, can be found in the history of food commodities exchange, and Newman connects this unconventional story to the how and why of what we eat
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DLC
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Newman, Kara
Dewey number
332.64/41
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
index present
LC call number
HG6046
LC item number
.N49 2013
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
Series statement
Arts and traditions of the table: perspectives on culinary history
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Commodity exchanges
  • Agriculture
  • Food
Label
The secret financial life of food : from commodities markets to supermarkets, Kara Newman
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Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (p. [167]-182) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
How does commodities trading work? -- The spice route -- The commodity that built a nation: corn futures -- Great grains -- Butter and egg men -- The mochaccino market: coffee, sugar, and cocoa -- Cattle call -- This little piggy made a market: the rise and fall of pork bellies -- When money grows on trees: produce futures -- Super soybeans -- The future of food futures? Contracts to consider
Dimensions
22 cm.
Extent
x, 194 pages
Isbn
9780231156707
Isbn Type
(cloth : alk. paper)
Lccn
2012010138
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
  • ocn787506810
  • (OCoLC)787506810
Label
The secret financial life of food : from commodities markets to supermarkets, Kara Newman
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (p. [167]-182) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
How does commodities trading work? -- The spice route -- The commodity that built a nation: corn futures -- Great grains -- Butter and egg men -- The mochaccino market: coffee, sugar, and cocoa -- Cattle call -- This little piggy made a market: the rise and fall of pork bellies -- When money grows on trees: produce futures -- Super soybeans -- The future of food futures? Contracts to consider
Dimensions
22 cm.
Extent
x, 194 pages
Isbn
9780231156707
Isbn Type
(cloth : alk. paper)
Lccn
2012010138
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
  • ocn787506810
  • (OCoLC)787506810

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