January 11, 2013

Are Biofuels Starving the World's Poor?

Eric Schulzke, Deseret News


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As corn prices skyrocket and land is removed from food production to produce ethanol, some unintended consequences of fuel policies designed to cut carbon emissions are coming into focus. “There are pros and cons to biofuel, but not here,” Misael Gonzáles of C.U.C., a labor union for Guatemala’s farmers, told the New York Times. “These people don’t have enough to eat. They need food. They need land. They can’t eat biofuel, and they don’t drive cars.”

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TAGGED: EU Agriculture Commission, Right To Food, Elisabeth Rosenthal, Guatemala, Bruce A. Babcock, Sugarcane Ethanol, Corn Ethanol, Ethanol, World Poverty, Biofuels

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