Tuesday, March 06, 2007

Biofuels - fuelling hunger?

Very good article at AlertNet on the biofuel revolution.
Fans of biofuels give the impression we could soon be running cars on maize, producing electricity with sugar, and getting power from palm oil. Using plants to feed our fuel needs sounds like a great idea, and it could be a moneyspinner for some poor countries, but it might well mean people go hungry as food prices rise.
Read the rest.

Incidentally, the article mentions the implications of biofuels in China, which is running out of the water needed to either feed its people or produce biofuels. Alertnet.org is not accessible in China, according to the Great Fire Wall of China.

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