US and EU “Criminals” in Skyrocketing Food Prices

April 29, 2008 at 5:29 pm Leave a comment

Ethanol Production PlantAnd here’s another one today from the Environmental News Service, UN: Biofuel Production ‘Criminal Path’ to Global Food Crisis

The United States and the European Union have taken a “criminal path” by contributing to an explosive rise in global food prices through using food crops to produce biofuels, the United Nations special rapporteur on the right to food said today. At a press conference in Geneva, Jean Ziegler of Switzerland said that fuel policies pursued by the U.S. and the EU were one of the main causes of the current worldwide food crisis.

Not only does using crops for fuel raise the global food prices, but the crops themselves are likely to be genetically modified, require tons of chemical fertilizers and pesticides, and fuel to transport said agricultural inputs to the fields. Unfortunately, an industrial biofuel industry is not the answer to our fuel shortage and is extremely unsustainable.

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