Wednesday, August 01, 2007

The Ethanol Food Crisis

E-85 ethanol is being promoted as the solution to our energy problems. It could be, if you’re willing to sacrifice the poor.

The industrial revolution occurred partly because, for the first time in human history, we didn’t get energy and nutrition from the same sources. Now, proposals for extensive use of ethanol from corn and sugar cane are returning energy and nutrition to the same market. Adding the high demand for energy to the already high demand for nutrition is driving up food prices at an alarming rate.

In some countries the poor are already suffering from ethanol. In southern Mexico, some villages rely on corn tortillas. The price of corn has already skyrocketed, putting their nutritional source out of reach for some. And, we’re just at the beginning of ethanol production. To meet the proposed E-85 goals, many will go hungry.

The solution to our energy problems is not ethanol, it’s a little bit of every solution proposed: solar, wind, geothermal, wave, etc.

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