Friday, June 13, 2008

Biofuels Are Indefensible in Our Hungry World - WSJ.com

re: Peter Brabeck-Letmathe : "The world's agriculture and water crisis is only going to get worse. As China and India grow, their populations are demanding more and wider varieties of food stuffs, and competition for arable land is intensifying. Food prices are rising, in large part because agriculture suppliers can barely keep up with today's demand. So what is the world doing? Reorienting land away from food production and toward plants cultivated for energy needs. /This could be the single most destructive set of policy mistakes made in a generation... / ...[snip].../ If there's one certainty, it is this: The production of biofuels has stimulated a massive, and destructive, reorientation of the world's agriculture markets. The U.S. Department of Energy calculates that every 10,000 liters of water produces as little as five liters of ethanol, or one to two liters of biodiesel. Biofuels are economical nonsense, ecologically useless and ethically indefensible. This year, the U.S. will use around 130 million tons of corn for biofuels. This corn was not available as human food, nor as fodder to animals. Is this the right strategy, for a product that won't satisfy even a small percentage of our energy needs?..."...

1 comment:

kjimmy said...

boifeuls use non human consumed corn the by product of the bio fuel is animal feed high protien animal feed you should investigate a topic before you write about it it makes you look stupid and unreliable