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November 6, 2007

Biofuel Idiocy Leads to Starvation

Posted by Dave Blount at November 6, 2007 2:46 PM

There's a price to be paid for global warming malarkey, and we're paying only a small part of it compared to some Africans, if George Moonbat is to be believed:

Swaziland is in the grip of a famine and receiving emergency food aid. Forty per cent of its people are facing acute food shortages. So what has the government decided to export? Biofuel made from one of its staple crops, cassava. The government has allocated several thousand hectares of farmland to ethanol production in the district of Lavumisa, which happens to be the place worst hit by drought. […]
Even the International Monetary Fund, always ready to immolate the poor on the altar of business [George Moonbat, as I warned], now warns that using food to produce biofuels "might further strain already tight supplies of arable land and water all over the world, thereby pushing food prices up even further". This week, the UN Food and Agriculture Organisation will announce the lowest global food reserves in 25 years, threatening what it calls "a very serious crisis". Even when the price of food was low, 850 million people went hungry because they could not afford to buy it. With every increment in the price of flour or grain, several million more are pushed below the breadline.
The cost of rice has risen by 20% over the past year, maize by 50%, wheat by 100%. Biofuels aren't entirely to blame — by taking land out of food production they exacerbate the effects of bad harvests and rising demand — but almost all the major agencies are now warning against expansion. And almost all the major governments are ignoring them.

Meanwhile in India, peasants are rioting after being forced off their land so that a weed called jatropha can be planted for biofuel use.

The global warming hoax is literally taking food out of starving children's mouths. But so long as biofuels continue to make enviroweenies feel pleased with themselves, governments will continue to subsidize them with our tax money.

Look on the bright side, kid: it's for a good cause.

Hat tip: Six Meat Buffet.