Eat it or burn it? 8

The production of bio-fuels promotes hunger. Ethanol is the sacrifice of food to ideology.

Driven by its obsession with “green energy”, the left – whose heart, remember, is constantly aching for the wretched of the earth – has food turned into fuel (rather than drill for more oil in the Gulf of Mexico and Alaska). The result – the wretched of the earth go hungrier.

This is from Breitbart:

World food prices reached their highest level ever recorded in January and are set to keep rising for months, the UN food agency [Food and Agricultural Organization, FAO] said on Thursday, warning that the hardest-hit countries could face turmoil.

Some of them already have – Tunisia, Egypt, Jordan, Morocco, Mauritania, Algeria …

And in its latest survey, the Food and Agriculture Organisation said its index which monitors monthly price changes for a variety of staples averaged 231 points in January — the highest level since records began in 1990. …

The Index rose by 3.4 percent from December — with big increases in particular for dairy [cattle feed becomes more expensive because of the ethanol program], cereal and oil prices. …

The data from the Rome-based FAO showed that prices for dairy products rose by 6.2 percent from December, oils and fats gained 5.6 percent, while cereals went up by 3.0 percent because of lower global supply of wheat and maize. …

The Food Price Index hit 200 points over the whole of 2008 at the height of the 2007/2008 food crisis. It breached that level for the first time in October 2010 with 205 points. …

And this is from FrontPage Magazine:

One of the most common causes of societal discontent, the very factor that led to the ongoing Egyptian protests, is hunger. Unfortunately, worldwide global warming fanaticism has only contributed to this plight. By consuming ever-expansive portions of the world food supply for the production of green bio-fuels, the left has increased the cost of food for those who can least afford it. This has caused much undue suffering for the world’s poor and significantly exacerbated Third World instability — and Egypt is no exception. …

Today, we’re seeing that effect in Egypt and we’re going to see more of it throughout the world unless we can fix the growing worldwide food crisis. We’ve been skating on thin ice, in terms of food supply, for more than a decade now. Between 2000 and 2010, the World Food Price Index, the inflation-adjusted measure of how expensive food is across the globe, almost doubled. In 2000 the index sat at a value of 90. By 2010, the index had risen to a value of 172. That’s a 91% increase in the cost of food over the course of a decade. …

Between 1999 and 2009, the amount of cropland used to grow wheat in America dropped by over 3 million acres, or almost 5 per cent. … The amount of land used to grow rice dropped over 15 per cent; for oats, over 30 per cent; for rye, over 20 per cent; for peanuts and edible beets, over 25 per cent; and for sugarbeets, a shade under 25 per cent. These are some of the commodities that are used, directly and indirectly, to produce the food that once fed the world. And, those statistics are just a few highlights, or lowlights if you will, of the overall trend.

In the US, farmers use ever more land to grow “energy-crops” – chiefly corn and soybeans – because they are subsidized by the government, and ever less for crops that can only be eaten.

Overall, the amount of United States cropland used to grow basic food commodities — crops other than corn and soybeans — has decreased by over 22 million acres since 1999. …

The American taxpayer … ultimately pays the bill for the bio-fuel incentive programs that make growing energy crops more profitable than providing nutrition to the globe.

It’s ironic that the United Nations should be warning about the disastrous results of the food-into-fuel policy, since it is the central church, the Vatican one might say, of the “green” religion.

But don’t take my word for it, consider instead the viewpoint of the organization that has been pushing global warming hysteria harder than anyone this side of Al Gore: the United Nations. According to the UN, almost 10 per cent of world grain production – that’s about 100 million metric tons per year – goes for bi-fuel production. They expect that number to double by 2018. The UN’s Food and Agriculture Organization says that “competition between the three Fs (food, feed and fuel) is expected to intensify,” which is probably about as close in tone to criticism that one branch of the UN is going to use about another branch: the International Panel on Climate Change.

So it seems that the left has now become more sentimental about the planet than about the poor.

Michelle Obama and her fans might try fussing less about Americans being too fat and think more (if think they can) about why other nations are too thin.

  • Bupshaw3

    I have 3 comments about your post: first, Andrew Breitbart is a confessed liar – why do you suppose his opinion on anything is worth considering? Second, the biofuels being produced in this country are mostly made from a subsidized commodity, corn under programs that were started by Bush – not the liberals. Subsidies make the price of non-organic food very cheap in this country and they should be ended – try convincing your Republican congressperson from a farm belt state to do that, don’t blame the liberals. Third, I make the choice to buy food from organic farmers and in doing so am exercising my right in a free market to purchase things for reasons that are my own and are not anybody elses business. I thought conservatives believed in a free market – or is it just they believe in a free market for products they like?

    • George

      I have repeatedly stated that liberals and conservatives are two sides of the same coin and both are at war for their own selfish interests. For the past several years I have considered myselfto be rather conservative ( but NOT a right-winger) and I certainly can’t handle the liberal ( entitlement/victimhood ) rant . Bush in my opinion was a total idiot and Obama in my opinion is a total madman. I will vote Libertarian from now on as I am fed up with both Republicans and Democrats. Hopefully Wayne Allen Root will run, considering in my opinion that Bob Barr was a joke. All the political parties have their selfish political interests and do NOT represent ALL of the people as they proclaim. You make a valid point Bupshaw3 in your specific analysis of those specific situations. I don’t trust politicians ( of any party ) considering that both “camps” are only interested in giving power to their own self-serving agendas.

  • TyS

    additional thoughts:

    This is part of the overall agenda – go to any lecture or discussion on food production, and hear the local hipster elitests call for the forced escalation of food prices. It is only one front of their “war;” they adimently believe that “Big Agro” must be destroyed, nevermind the fact that Big Agro only comprises 10% of the total food production system; nevermind the fact that organic farming is responsible for a disproportionate rate of food-born illness; nevermind the fact that 2/3rds of the world’s population owe their existence to the Green Revolution.

    • Jillian Becker

      Yes, indeed. Thank you TyS. Dr Norman Borlaug’s Green Revolution. His advances in plant breeding led to spectacular success in increasing food production and saved hundreds of millions of lives.Now evil organizations like Greenpeace are reversing that advance by persuading(eg) African dictators not to allow genetically engineered crops into their countries to feed their hungry populations.

  • TyS

    There is no objective, tangible cause to this. Hunger is political; the world continues to produce surplus calories year after year. The principle cause is speculation – tangential problems are simply circumstantial

  • Macnvettes

    Well, the answer must be more subsidies then, you know, government just has to grow a little bit to make our lives better……

  • Jed

    Left-wing politics seems to be based upon hypocrisy. The more I think about it, the clearer this becomes. It kind of seems like a religion, actually. Liberals, in general, blindly do whatever they can to further their emotion-based ideologies. This is the reason why it makes me so angry when conservatives are called idiotic rednecks (or something like that).

    • George

      You’re absolutely right Jed. Although I am a black male secular conservative , I guess they call me an “idiotic coon” (or something like that). Right on !!!!!!!