Wednesday, April 04, 2007

How Biofuels Could Starve the Poor

Thanks to high oil prices and hefty subsidies, corn-based ethanol is now all the rage in the United States. But it takes so much supply to keep ethanol production going that the price of corn -- and those of other food staples -- is shooting up around the world. To stop this trend, and prevent even more people from going hungry, Washington must conserve more and diversify ethanol's production inputs.

Foreign Affairs

1 comment:

eastcoastdweller said...

Seems much more sensible to me to focus on solar power -- solar energy blankets our planet constantly and only plants have figured out how to use it properly.

Or methane. There certainly is enough garbage to go around to produce plenty of that.