Wednesday, April 16, 2008

We drive, they starve

Yesterday I wished there was a way for us to translate a gallon of gas into the exact amount of rice taken from a poor family's table.Well, the U.N. has come pretty close.
The UN says it takes 232kg of corn to fill a 50-litre car tank with ethanol. That is enough to feed a child for a year. Last week, the UN predicted "massacres" unless the biofuel policy is halted. Telegraph, UK.
The U.N.'s World Food Programme issued a report on solutions yesterday whose recommendations were supported by 60 countries and the World Bank-- but the U.S., Australia and Canada have not yet endorsed the report, because it calls for radical changes in farming policy and warns that biofuel production threatens to increase malnutrition worldwide. Guardian, UK.

PLEASE read these articles. We in the U.S. have simply got to understand the forces in play.

Photo: A demonstrator eats grass in front of a U.N. peacekeeping soldier during a protest against the high cost of living in Port-au-Prince. Telegraph, UK

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

This kind of stuff is what makes me sick.
First we take responsibllity for feeding the world and now these left wing liberal enviromentalist are gonna make sure that tens of thousands starve to death for a concept that already has been proven false.

Man will kill itself for the stupidest reason.