Friday, March 07, 2008

More on Biofuels

Rush for biofuels threatens starvation on a global scale - Times Online If you use corn - or other crops - to produce fuel, you are not producing food. Is that such a surprise?
The rush towards biofuels is theatening world food production and the lives of billions of people.
I wonder if the people pushing biofuels are upset about those people?

Current generation of biofuels cannot save the planet - Times Online If you don't use current agricultural land for fuel crops, you need to put new land under the plow, but that most likely involves losing forest land - including rain forests.

Then of course the initial projections were made wearing rose-colored glasses.
Biofuels have been put forward as a means of reducing the greenhouse gas emissions pumped out by fossil fuels but recent studies have questioned their impact when all factors, such as the use of fertilisers on the crops, are taken into account. Critics have been angered by the loss of tropical rainforests, which have been cleared to allow farmers to grow biofuel crops.

Deforestation has been calculated to account for about 18 per cent of world greenhouse gas emissions and Professor Beddington said that to destroy rainforests in order to grow biofuel crops was “insane”.
Water will also be an issue, since a lot is needed by agriculture.

But the governments of the UK and Europe - and the US too - have signed up for biofuels, so this discussion is probably moot. But then that's what happens when government tries to dictate the economy.

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