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Global Warming Drives Up Food Prices

You can't argue with the facts. Observe the UN FAO Food Price Index:



Now, it turns out that wheat held steady and rice declines slightly, so the increase is due mainly to maize (corn).  The biggest exporter of maize is the US, and this past year, 40% of the US maize crop went to ethanol rather than into food.  That's 40%.  So, yes, food crops have decreased due to global warming; viz., the hysteria over it has diverted food away from the mouths of the poor into the gas tanks of the well-to-do in order that they may feel really good about their moral superiority.  

Sorry for the intemperate remarks, but I'm one of those "feed the hungry" nuts. 

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lectorpoemarum
Mar. 8th, 2011 04:23 am (UTC)
I don't think it's even a matter of honesty vs power-hungriness; there's a lot of confusion. "Never assume malice when you can assume ignorance."

There are biofuels that once they get going (it's largely an economies-of-scale thing; that is, fossil fuels like oil currently have the advantage both of subsidies and of economies of scale) would be better in *many* ways than fossil fuels. But many are unclear on the difference between *corn* ethanol (super-polluting and energy-intensive to produce, competes with food uses of corn) and *cellulosic* ethanol (can be made from almost any waste plant matter, so vastly less to basically no pollution/fossil fuel use in growing; doesn't compete with food).

Corn ethanol is crap. Cellulosic ethanol and some of the other biofuel possibilities (biodiesels, some of the algae things) are very promising.

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