Food versus Fuel

Via Planetizen: The Morality of Biofuels

“Last September, Lester Brown, the president of the Earth Policy Institute wrote in a Washington Post opinion piece that the amount of grain needed to make enough ethanol to fill a 25-gallon SUV tank ‘would feed one person for a full year. If the United States converted its entire grain harvest into ethanol, it would satisfy less than 16 percent of its automotive needs.’ Brown said the ongoing ethanol boom in the U.S. was ‘setting the stage for an epic competition. In a narrow sense, it is one between the world’s supermarkets and its service stations.’ More broadly, ‘it is a battle between the world’s 800 million automobile owners, who want to maintain their mobility, and the world’s two billion poorest people, who simply want to survive.’

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