Commodity price volatility driven by financial institution speculation continues to increase raw materials costs for businesses and the cost of consumer goods, particularly food and energy. U.S. commodity regulators are scheduled to vote on October 18 on an important rule to limit control of commodity contracts by financial speculators. European Union legislation affecting commodity markets, particularly "dark market" practices, is scheduled for release on October 20. Both U.S.
Over the last five years, global food prices have risen dramatically, and become much more volatile. After decades of low prices, disruptions in global agriculture markets are having serious effects on food security, farmers and the environment.