How to solve Britain’s water crisis
Dried-up reservoir bed
UK Economy

How to solve Britain’s water crisis

A drought has been officially declared across much of Britain, despite the fact that climate change is bringing more rain than ever. What’s going wron…
18 Aug 2022
How the West can win Putin’s war on food
Vladimir Putin
Global Economy

How the West can win Putin’s war on food

The West could easily make up the shortfall if it let the free market rip, says Matthew Lynn.
28 May 2022
Russia, Ukraine and the coming global food crisis
Combine harvester
Global Economy

Russia, Ukraine and the coming global food crisis

The war in Ukraine has disrupted food and fertiliser exports, pushing up prices and threatening a global calamity.
19 Mar 2022
What war in Ukraine means for agricultural commodities
Harvesting wheat in Kharkiv region, Ukraine
Commodities

What war in Ukraine means for agricultural commodities

With both Ukraine and Russia major producers of grain, vegetable oil and fertilisers, Saloni Sardana looks at how the conflict could affect supply.
11 Mar 2022
How Russia’s invasion of Ukraine has upturned the commodities market
Mining excavator and dump truck
Commodities

How Russia’s invasion of Ukraine has upturned the commodities market

Dominic Frisby looks at the commodities Russia produces, how markets have been affected but its invasion of Ukraine and subsequent sanctions, and what…
9 Mar 2022
How the Ukraine crisis could drive food prices higher
Soft commodities

How the Ukraine crisis could drive food prices higher

Russia’s invasion of Ukraine has driven energy prices up. But with both nations major exporters of agricultural commodities, it could send food prices…
24 Feb 2022
Commodities boom spreads beyond energy and metals
Commodities

Commodities boom spreads beyond energy and metals

Commodity prices are soaring – oil, gas, copper and a whole host of metals has seen prices take off. But price rises are spreading to soft commodities…
18 Feb 2022
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How the new environmentalism makes bad land good
Soft commodities

How the new environmentalism makes bad land good

Around two decades ago farming was in crisis but today farmland is looking more lucrative. Merryn Somerset Webb explains why this is and how investors…
8 Feb 2022
How to invest in lab-grown meat – the future of food production
Soft commodities

How to invest in lab-grown meat – the future of food production

With lab-grown meat, steak is back on the menu for greens and animal lovers – but at what cost? Stuart Watkins reports
5 Nov 2021
How high energy prices are driving up food prices too
Soft commodities

How high energy prices are driving up food prices too

High energy prices aren’t just affecting our heating bills, they’re making food more expensive, too. Saloni Sardana explains what’s going on.
21 Sep 2021
The charts that matter: markets cheer Powell’s inaction
Global Economy

The charts that matter: markets cheer Powell’s inaction

Markets were holding their breath for most of the week ahead of the Fed's Jackson Hole Symposium but in the end they cheered Chair Jay Powell's inacti…
27 Aug 2021
Soaring food prices fuel unrest
Global Economy

Soaring food prices fuel unrest

Poor harvests and logistical problems have seen food prices soar, fuelling protests from Haiti to South Africa.
6 Aug 2021
The commodities “supercycle” pauses for breath
Commodities

The commodities “supercycle” pauses for breath

Commodity prices have all surged this year as economies have reopened. But now some raw materials have started to come off the boil.
25 Jun 2021
Is the commodity bull market already losing steam?
Commodities

Is the commodity bull market already losing steam?

Commodities have put in a blistering performance over the past year. But – oil aside – the commodity bull market looks like it might have peaked. Domi…
16 Jun 2021
Mayssa Al Midani: agritech, nutrition and climate change – feeding the world while caring for the planet
Global Economy

Mayssa Al Midani: agritech, nutrition and climate change – feeding the world while caring for the planet

Merryn talks to Mayssa Al Midani of the Pictet Nutrition fund about how she invests in feeding the world's expanding population in a sustainable way, …
4 Jun 2021
Lab-grown meat: the new agricultural revolution
Soft commodities

Lab-grown meat: the new agricultural revolution

Vegan alternatives are taking off, but the future of food technology lies in lab-grown meat – cultivating steaks and burgers from animal cells, says A…
16 Apr 2021
Lab-grown meat: how “moo’s law” will drive innovation
Soft commodities

Lab-grown meat: how “moo’s law” will drive innovation

Jim Mellon and Anthony Chow, co-founders of Aim-listed Agronomics, explain why they believe that “cellular agriculture” will benefit from massive long…
16 Apr 2021
How you can profit from the fast-growing cannabis industry
Soft commodities

How you can profit from the fast-growing cannabis industry

Once an investment taboo, the cannabis sector is poised to thrive in 2021. David Stevenson looks at how best to buy in.
16 Mar 2021
Invest in water and provide a buffer against future pandemics
Soft commodities

Invest in water and provide a buffer against future pandemics

Global water shortages have long hampered growth and development, and climate change has exacerbated the problem. Will the coronavirus pandemic be a t…
25 Feb 2021
How the commodities supercycle will foment unrest around the world
Commodities

How the commodities supercycle will foment unrest around the world

Commodities, including metals, energy and agricultural goods have seen prices climb steadily. With many societies are already on edge, we could see a …
21 Jan 2021
Britain’s chaotic post-Brexit agricultural revolution
UK Economy

Britain’s chaotic post-Brexit agricultural revolution

The government is making huge changes to how farm subsidies operate after Brexit. Farmers say that the details of what will replace them are still far…
12 Dec 2020
US states declare a ceasefire in the war on drugs
Global Economy

US states declare a ceasefire in the war on drugs

With US states decriminalising the use even of hard drugs, and legalising the recreational use of cannabis, this could be the beginning of the end for…
21 Nov 2020