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Dash for green fuel pushes up price of meat in US-Business-Industry Sectors-Consumer Goods-TimesOnline

...The biofuel revolution’s unpleasant negative consequence was first felt south of Rio Grande, when the escalating price of corn affected a food staple. Mexico’s tortilla inflation crisis is spreading north to the heartland of rib-eye steak and chicken wings. The USDA predicts that food prices will rise by up to 3.5 per cent this year as farmers rein in output in response to feedstock costs.

In Washington, the International Monetary Fund added its warning about the consequences of a mass conversion of food crops into fuel. Mounting political panic over carbon emissions has encouraged politicians in European and America to raise targets for the biofuel content in a litre of petrol.

Food prices rose by 10 per cent worldwide in 2006, said the IMF in its World Economic Report, owing to a surge in corn, wheat and soybean prices. The pressure on prices will increase, says the IMF. The EU’s target of a minimum biofuel content of 10 per cent will require 18 per cent of agricultural land to be set aside for road fuel production.

Of course for us a small rise in the price of food as we pay tribute to the suzerainty of the eco-gods is merely inconvenient. But as the bell curve of food prices moves to the right those poor bastards on a dollar a day starve a little more. But a few more dead black babies aren't nearly as important as feeling good about your carbon footprint, are they?

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[T]he International Monetary Fund added its warning about the consequences of a mass conversion of food crops into fuel.

Then what to do, Englishman?

[T}he International Monetary Fund added its warning about the consequences of a mass conversion of food crops into fuel.

then what to do, Englishman?

Farmers can grow crops for bio fuel instead of having land 'setaside' and being paid for this. Maybe now the government will see what a valuable asset British farmers are and not treat them like an unwanted/needed class of society. The governments attitude so far has been 'Who cares if a few commit suicide every week'.
PS I have traveled a lot round Europe and I have to say the Britsh countryside is the most beautiful I have seen. Do you think it is so by accident or by careful maintenance.
Paul, ex-Moreton Morrell

The truly nauseating thing about the whole affair is how rent-seeking bastards in the agri-business sector align themselves with millenarian freaks in the eco-hairshirt sector. Maize is a lamentably inefficient way of turning sunshine into fuel; in fact I wouldn't mind betting the total energy released is negative, once all the energy costs involved in its production are taken into account. Cane and beet are vastly more sugar-rich. But the Iowa corn growers are a very, very powerful lobby. It is no coincidence that the Primary race kicks off in Iowa. Woe betide any presidential candidate who threatened to remove the protectionist cusion the Iowa corn farmers enjoy. It's a Catch-22: to even be in the position of being able to reduce or eliminate farm subsidies, you need the support of subsidised farmers.

For the true greenie zealots this is a win-win situation. Kill off development and kill off people. They've always believed that Gaia needs a few more like them and a lot less of everyone else.

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