Environmentally friendly fuels may make drivers in the U.S. feel greener, but a report out of thereveals one dark side to going green. According to the U.N.'s Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), the demand for biofuel--particularly ethanol--is creating a crop shortage that's resulting in a deadly famine for many of the world's less fortunate. The U.N. estimates that the amount of corn it takes to fill a 50-liter car tank with ethanol is enough to feed a child for an entire year. America is already devoting 18 percent of its grain to ethanol production, and other countries are following our lead. Food prices are up, and the number of Third-World families that can afford to eat is down. In effect, this paranoia over is leading to global hunger, a crisis far more destructive--and credible--than . Despite what says, this prescription for "solving" a climate problem (which scientists have yet to confirm) is not only expensive but also deadly.
An appeal to slow down on biofuel
from Tony Perkin's Washington Update, April 17, 2008