German online daily DIE WELT reports here on how Nestlé CEO Peter Brabeck-Letmathe says that the farming of biofuels dramatically exacerbates global hunger. Nestlé is the world’s largest food conglomerate. Hat-tip: oekowatch.org.
Recently a truly lame-brain study (later debunked here) was published claiming that global warming caused war. It would be advisable for the incompetent authors of that study to look at the connection between food prices and war instead.
Die Welt quotes Brabeck-Letmathe:
‘Through biofuels, we have returned hundreds of millions of people back into extreme poverty,’ he said in an interview with the Frankfurter Rundschau with regards to the hunger catastrophe in Somalia and rising food prices.
It is truly amazing that today more than one half of American corn and one fifth of the entire sugar cane harvest gets converted into biofuels while there is not enough food to feed humanity’.”
Brabeck-Letmathe says that the food shortage and spiralling prices are directly caused by the massive biofuel consumption and that the price spiral is leading to civil unrest in poor countries.
Biofuels were once enthusiastically supported by environmental groups, like Greenpeace,and were seen as a way of reducing human CO2 emissions, and thus curbing global warming. Governments worldwide are massively subsidizing the agriculture of biofuels. Farmers now prefer to grow crops for fuels rather than food for feeding the planet because it is simply more profitable.
Now hundreds of millions more people are starving needlessly.
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