27 October, 2007

Biofuel Madness

I am not the first person to think that farming crops not for food but to provide fuel for car driving First World cockfarmers is the path of madness. Jean Ziegler, UN rapporteur on the right to food, goes further, judging it a crime against humanity. The rush to biofuel production is pushing up the price of basic foodstuffs, creating the possibility for a worldwide humanitarian disaster. According to the BBC, even the IMF is warning against the use fo grain as car fuel.

More: Biofuels 'crime against humanity'


scattyme said...

The whole biofuels obsession does seem a bit worrying to me. The way I see it, it's putting the cart before the horse to expect a simple changeover of energy source to solve our environmental problems, without doing anything to change the economic dynamics that created the problems in the first place. Caroline

ian said...

I reckon the appeal of biofuel to cockfarmers is that it raises the prospect of their being able to continue driving around in their cars even after the world has run out of oil; that they will be causing mass starvation probably does not bother them too much. The other appeal of biofuel is that it does not come from the Middle East.