The price of tortillas in Mexico - The world price for maize is now at its highest since mid-08. "On December 22nd the economy ministry announced that it had bought maize futures, which it said should guarantee price and supply until the third quarter of 2011. It also increased a modest subsidy for corn millers."
Kosher Nation: "If they want to sell their product in the United States and they are not kosher, no one will buy it," points out Menachem Lubinsky. "Coca-Cola won't buy it, Kellogg's won't buy it. They'll be cut out of the market. If you're in China or Thailand and you want to export, you have absolutely no choice but to seek out kosher certification."
From Wikileaks - US Ambassador to France in 2007 argued that the US should retaliate to encourage France to not enact a number of policies harmful to GMO interests.
Equine ethics - Horse lovers used to fight to shut down horse slaughter plants and they laregly succeeded. Owners with very old horses now ship the horses to Mexico for slaughter or strand them to await starvation. Both options involve a lot of pain for the horses and very poor conditions. So animal-welfare experts are beginning to consider other options.
Oh, and recent research has overturned the belief since the 1970s that you shouldn't eat mussels that haven't opened. What you should do is smell your mussels before you cook them to check for freshness and make sure you accurately measure the cooking time.