The bill from natural and weather disasters is nearly $200 billion (150 billion euros) a year, four times higher than in the 1980s.
Rust fungus could reduce the coffee harvest by as much as 25 percent in Central America. ->
Despite the poor wine weather, merchants anticipate that the 2012 vintage will see prices either stabilize or rise by only modest amounts.
Fiscal trouble can force people to consume less -- and leave a smaller environmental footprint. But concern for environmental issues also drops.
A new technique extracts the ammonia from hog urine.
Sixty-five percent of Panama's food comes from the United States and with the signing of the U.S.-Panama Trade Promotion Agreement, that food may become cheaper and more plentiful.