Riots and hunger: the impact of industrial bio-fuel

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Mainstream reporting:

The risks of food riots and malnutrition will surge in the next two years as the global supply of grain comes under more pressure than at any time in 50 years, according to one of the world’s leading agricultural researchers … Recent pasta protests in Italy, tortilla rallies in Mexico and onion demonstrations in India are just the start of the social instability to come unless there is a fundamental shift to boost production of staple foods, Joachim von Braun, the head of the International Food Policy Research Institute, warned in an interview with the Guardian.”

… and another example:

“Bangladeshi officials say the price of cooking oil – of which it imports 1.2m tonnes a year – has almost tripled in the past two years because it is now valued as an alternative to diesel oil.”


One thought on “Riots and hunger: the impact of industrial bio-fuel

    Pamela said:
    Wednesday, April 23, 2008 at 01:23 (099)

    It is not a lack of food that is the problem but what we use that food for. Turning it into meat by feeding it to livestock or using it to make fuel is a horrendous waste of the earth’s limited resources.

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