David Fickling

Bloomberg Opinion columnist

David Fickling is a Bloomberg Opinion columnist covering commodities, as well as industrial and consumer companies. He has been a reporter for Bloomberg News, Dow Jones, the Wall Street Journal, the Financial Times and the Guardian.

David Fickling
17 Aug 2022

Food subsidies perpetuate hunger

If you want an image of subsidised food in the world, you might think of Egypt, where the price of flatbread is fixed and more than half the population lives on loaves costing just 0.05 Egyptian pounds (8 baht) thanks to heavy government support.

17 Aug 2022 18
Food subsidies perpetuate hunger
24 Jan 2020

Chinese food will determine spread of pandemics

With the world's largest high-speed rail network, a payments system that's largely conducted via phone apps, and half the world's solar-power plants, China often looks like a country at the technological frontier. When you consider how it feeds itself, though, it's still just catching up.

24 Jan 2020 2
Chinese food will determine spread of pandemics
3 Jan 2020

The 2010s wrecked the planet

The past decade hasn't done much to inspire optimism about the future of the planet.

3 Jan 2020 2
3 Sep 2019

Trade war's about to hit pockets

Americans better make the most of their Labour Day discount shopping. It could be the last they see for a long time.

3 Sep 2019 2
30 Aug 2019

East Timor risks its freedom under China's BRI

Given a sad history of exploitation by foreigners, the young democracy of East Timor can hardly be blamed for being hell-bent on self-sufficiency. But its current drive to cement its independence risks squandering the faltering progress the country has made. If the government doesn't tread carefully, a future of debt peonage to China beckons.

30 Aug 2019 1
26 Aug 2019

The trade war could be fuelling the Amazon fires

The fires currently consuming Brazil's Amazon rainforest seem a world away from the tense diplomacy in the US trade war with China. In truth, they're more closely connected than you might suspect.

26 Aug 2019
16 May 2019

The world's last coal plant will soon be built

Fossil-fuel advocates have a favourite rejoinder to those who predict a global shift to renewable energy: Coal has never been more popular.

16 May 2019 11
The world's last   coal plant will   soon be built
15 May 2019

US needs help to take on China

Imagine if Canada decided to bring the US to heel over its abusive trade practices.

15 May 2019
8 May 2019

Boeing's 737 Max defence is a mess

For decades, business schools have taught Johnson & Johnson's handling of its 1982 Tylenol scandal as a textbook example of good crisis management.

8 May 2019 8
7 May 2019

The trade war hurts US more than China

Trade wars are good, and easy to win. So President Donald Trump said last year as he embarked on his first round of tariffs on foreign imports.

7 May 2019 11