Saturday, July 5, 2008

Secret report: biofuel caused food crisis | Environment | The Guardian

Secret report: biofuel caused food crisis | Environment | The Guardian: "Biofuels have forced global food prices up by 75% - far more than previously estimated - according to a confidential World Bank report obtained by the Guardian.

The damning unpublished assessment is based on the most detailed analysis of the crisis so far, carried out by an internationally-respected economist at global financial body.

The figure emphatically contradicts the US government's claims that plant-derived fuels contribute less than 3% to food-price rises. It will add to pressure on governments in Washington and across Europe, which have turned to plant-derived fuels to reduce emissions of greenhouse gases and reduce their dependence on imported oil."

1 comment:

Rory Short said...

This is an interesting bit of information. Because to me it shows that trying to continue business as usual, which is really what the switch to biofuels is about, simply won't work. Business as usual means not questioning the exploitative mindset that continues to drive the Western way of relating to the rest of creation and it is this mindset which lies at the root of all our environmental problems. Unless we change it, at every of society, to a cooperative mindset we have a definite limit to the amount of time that the vrest of nature will continue to carry us in its bosom.

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