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Ingredients to serve 4

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Will Self: Slip slidin’away

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Tariq Ali: Musharraf will not go gentle into that golf course

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Alex James: Modern farmers are really just playing the stock market

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Couscous (La Graine et le Mulet) (15)

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SABMiller ups beer prices after ingredients costs soar

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Premier Foods renegotiates bank debt and cuts dividend as wheat prices hit profits

Premier Foods, the Hovis bread and Mr Kipling cake maker, has slashed its final dividend and renegotiated its banking facilities as it struggles with soaring wheat prices.

Business View: The world wheat crisis and a Noah's Ark of seeds

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MF Global sacks rogue wheat trader who lost group $141.5m

MF Global, the commodities broker spun off from the UK's Man Group last year, has sacked a rogue trader whose unauthorised dealing in the wheat market cost the group $141.5m.

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