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Global food prices find themselves at the mercy of China

The country's huge appetite for pork is felt in America -- by soybean farmers

China's Lunar New Year holiday feasts create so much demand for pork that the government comes under pressure to ensure that enough of the meat is available.   © Reuters

TOKYO -- China's vast demand for steel, copper and chemical products has long shaken global markets. Now its hunger for meat is having similarly wide implications.

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