The Big Question: Why are food prices rising so fast, and who are the beneficiaries?

The Independent
This article addresses the following questions about the increasing cost of food:

    Why are we asking this now? So where is affected by rising food prices? Who is suffering the most? What is causing the price increases? So who’s gaining from higher prices? Are British consumers being cheated? Can governments do anything to help? Any prospects of things changing? Should we be worried about rising food prices? More