TITLE

How Biofuels Could Starve the Poor

AUTHOR(S)
Runge, C. Ford; Senauer, Benjamin
PUB. DATE
May 2007
SOURCE
Foreign Affairs;May/Jun2007, Vol. 86 Issue 3, p41
SOURCE TYPE
Periodical
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
The article discusses the effect on food supply that an increase in ethanol production could create. Ethanol is being sought as an alternative to petroleum-based fuels. Ethanol is made from corn. The increased demand for ethanol means less corn will be available as a food source, and food prices will rise. The rise in corn prices could have a deleterious effect on poor and developing nations. The European Union is promoting use of biodiesel made in Europe from rapeseeds and sunflower seeds. Ethanol production is highly subsidized by the U.S. federal government. The article also discusses the environmental impact of increased corn growing.
ACCESSION #
24764596

 

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