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Study claims biofuel production may increase world hunger
Source : earth911.com
Biofuels are touted as an energy source that can cut greenhouse gas emissions and reduce our dependence on foreign oil. But could replacing fossil fuels with biofuels raise world food prices and cause hunger and poverty in developing countries? Dr. Indur Goklany, Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering, discusses biofuel's unintended consequences in a study recently published in the latest issue of the Journal of American Physicians and Surgeons. As the U.S. government encourages the use of biofuels, more crops and crop land are diverted to biofuel production, according to Dr. Jane Orient, managing editor of the Journal. Demand for crops as both food and biofuel drives up world food prices, making impoverished people in developing countries unable to afford food, she says. "When you're putting ethanol into your gas tank, you're making corn tortillas more expensive in Mexico", Orient says.
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1 April 2011 |
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