Growth Sector: Changing lifestyles in developing countries, and the rapidly growing middle class, will inevitably lead to changes in demand for and production of crops. Photo: Courtesy Australian Barley Board.

Production shift to meet needs of middle class

As the price of soft commodities - referring to commodities that are grown, rather than mined - has departed from historical trend lines, a great deal of attention has been focused on food riots in developing nations, the debate over the environmental benefits of biofuels and the potential for agricultural nations to become major powers.


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