Thursday, February 14, 2008

We need to grow food, not fuel

Africa's cereal bill is going to rise this year due to greater demand and less supply driving up prices of grain.  Burgeoning demand in places like China is blamed but there is another cause the BBC fails to mention - biofuels.  For every acre devoted to cash energy crops that is one acre less available for food crops.  Actually it's not exactly a 1 for 1 swap in that some agricultural land dedicated to biofuels may be unproductive for cereals but I am sure you get the logic of my argument.  Let's save the planet by starving children in Africa?  I surely hope not.