Monday, April 21, 2008

How the Rich Starved the World

Something about the idea of using biofuels --fuels derived from corn-- has always bugged me just a little bit. Sure, there are benefits to the environment and it lessens our reliance on fossil fuels and the middle east and it could be cheaper per gallon. But something about putting the juice from vegetables in my car rather than good old-fashioned traditional petroleum just does seems a little panzy-ish. Still, I was willing to do it, but now I'm not so sure. I've recently become aware of a real reason that it might not be a good idea globally.

The irony is extraordinary. At a time when world leaders are expressing grave concern about diminishing food stocks and a coming global food crisis, our government brings into force measures to increase the use of biofuels - a policy that will further increase food prices, and further worsen the plight of the world's poor.

Like Steven Tyler of Aerosmith once said, "Eat The Rich!" It's just unfortunate that the "rich" in this case turned out to be

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