Thursday, April 24, 2008

we are monsters....

anything but curb our consumption, let the world starve.... Source: Earthweek;Diary of the Planet Food riots in several poor nations during the past month have U.N. and other officials arguing that the growing diversion of grain harvest from food to ethanol fuel is causing a global food crisis.

“The reality is that people are dying already,” said Jacques Diouf, of the Food and Agriculture Organization.

Last week, the U.N. predicted "massacres" unless the biofuel policy is halted.

"The world food situation is very serious. We have seen riots in Egypt, Cameroon, Haiti and Burkina Faso," said Diouf. "There is a risk that this unrest will spread in countries where 50 percent to 60 percent of income goes to food."

Global food prices have jumped 83 percent over the past three years as the world’s main agricultural producers shifted their focus to biofuels.

Indian Finance Minister P. Chidambaram has called on industrial nations to cut off all subsidies for such alternative energy production, and to focus on providing food to the developing world.

Dominique Strauss-Kahn, head of the International Monetary Fund, says a growing number of government ministers have labeled the impact of biofuels as a “crisis of humanity.”

U.N. statistics say that the amount of corn it takes to produce 11 gallons of ethanol can feed a child for an entire year.