Fertilizer Prices Fall to Lowest in 19 Months as Gas Drops

Fertilizer granules at the Nitrogenmuvek Zrt. fertilizer plant in Petfurdo, Hungary, on Friday, Dec. 2, 2022. Hungary’s only nitrogen fertilizer maker resumed full production last month as gas prices eased, but warned that potential disruptions next year could threaten crop yields. Photographer: Akos Stiller/Bloomberg

The World’s Cotton Supply Keeps Shrinking, Hit by Drought, Heat

Bom Futuro group, one of Brazil’s largest cotton producers accounting for about 10% of the nation’s planted area, has seen yields fall 27% compared with the previous season. Julio Cezar Busato, a grower in Sao Desiderio, Bahia state, has suffered from a similar decline. Dryness is reducing the number of cotton bolls, making them lighter … Read more

The Most Expensive Meal in the Hamptons Is a $30,000 Dinner Cruise

The omakase experience costs $30,000 for the four-hour cruise for as many as six guests. It departs from Sag Harbor Village Marina or Gurney’s Star Island Marina in Montauk. If $30,000 is out of your budget, Dom Pérignon offers other packages, including a caviar and Champagne cruise, beginning at $15,000. Bookings are available from Aug. 17-31 … Read more

Zelenskiy Calls Russian Odesa Strike ‘Barbarism’

“Yesterday, all parties made clear commitments on the global stage to ensure the safe movement of Ukrainian grain and related products to global markets,” Farhan Haq, deputy spokesman for Guterres, said in a statement. “Full implementation by the Russian federation, Ukraine and Turkey is imperative.” 

Cholera Found in Turtles at Wet Market in Covid Epicenter Wuhan

The Baishazhou wet market has been disinfected and shops related to the turtles closed for three days, according to a statement from local health authorities late on Thursday. No cases of cholera have been found in people who came into contact with the animals, and the strain isn’t related to the case confirmed this week … Read more

Ukraine Latest: Explosions In Kyiv For First Time Since April

Several explosions took place in the Ukrainian capital on Sunday morning with no casualties reported, Kyiv authorities said, while air defense forces shot down another Russian missile in the region.

Malaysia Bans Poultry Exports in Latest Food Protectionism Move

Malaysia will halt exports of 3.6 million chickens a month from June 1, and investigate allegations of cartel pricing, Prime Minister Ismail Sabri Yaakob said Monday. The move is likely to hit hard in Singapore, which sources a third of its supply from Malaysia, as well as in Thailand, Brunei, Japan and Hong Kong. 

Bread, Debt and Politics Whip Up Volatile Mix in Tunisia

Investors aren’t happy, either. They’ve punished Tunisian bonds, worried that a surge in food and energy costs, and the loss of Russian tourists, may speed the cash-strapped sovereign issuer toward a default. Tunisia’s economy now is less than 90% its size before the uprising over a decade ago, while the ratio of government debt to … Read more