I realize that this article about Biofuels isn’t about food per se, but since a fair amount o fcrop lands have been converted from food crops to fuel crops, it is worth mentioning.
From the New York Times:
Almost all biofuels used today cause more greenhouse gas emissions than conventional fuels if the full emissions costs of producing these “green” fuels are taken into account, two studies being published Thursday have concluded.
The benefits of biofuels have come under increasing attack in recent months, as scientists took a closer look at the global environmental cost of their production. These latest studies, published in the prestigious journal Science, are likely to add to the controversy.
I’m no energy expert – at all – so listening to me provide any sort of supposition here should be taken with that in mind.
That being said, anyone with even a passing knowledge of agri-business could see that this rush to convert corn into fuel had less to do saving the planet and more to do with chasing the almighty dollar. Let’s just hope that the brakes to this rush can be applied properly and appropriately. Whether that means we proceed with limited bio fuels, or none at all, I can’t say because I don’t know which is more beneficial. What I do know is that there is mounting evidence that corn is not our fuel savior.