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From Green Saviors to Bio-Fools

It looks like I may have been on the cutting edge on this one:

Hailed until only months ago as a silver bullet in the fight against global warming, biofuels are now accused of snatching food out of the mouths of the poor.

Billions have been poured into developing sugar- and grain-based ethanol and biodiesel to help wean rich economies from their addiction to carbon-belching fossil fuels, the overwhelming source of man-made global warming.

But as soaring prices for staples bring more of the planet’s most vulnerable people face-to-face with starvation, the image of biofuels has suddenly changed from climate saviour to a horribly misguided experiment.

On Friday, the head of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) said biofuels “posed a real moral problem” and called for a moratorium on using food crops to power cars, trucks and buses.

The vital problem of global warming “has to be balanced with the fact that there are people who are going to starve to death,” said Dominique Strauss-Kahn.

“Producing biofuels is a crime against humanity,” the UN’s special rapporteur for the right to food, Jean Ziegler of Switzerland, said earlier.

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April 20, 2008 - Posted by | Environmentalism, Food, Global Warming, Poverty

1 Comment »

  1. And the well off say ‘let them eat cake!’

    Just kidding! IMO biofuels were the nearest technology to grasp on to. Now if I could only make biofuel in my kitchen using the assorted weeds that seem to grow where all other life forms fail…..

    Comment by trystero2008 | April 21, 2008 | Reply


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