Biofuels have been taking more than their fair share of criticism these days. But as facts have replaced hype, the realities of the global food network are proving more complicated than simplistic and misguided attempts to blame biofuels for rising food prices. The skyrocketing cost of oil, the declining value of the U.S. dollar, increased demand for grain from developing countries such as China and India, and serious droughts occurring throughout the world are all affecting the cost of food.
Looked at fairly in comparison with other energy options, biofuels are unquestionably part of an overall energy solution that also emphasizes conservation and efficiency. Honestly, what would people who blast biofuels prefer? It's clearly immoral to support the petroleum-based status quo and all the global issues that arise from it, including a trillion-dollar war in Iraq and the coddling of countries that do not support our democratic values.
How much food would that trillion dollars have bought? [Read full article]
The Oregonian - June 11, 2008