The biofuel battle

Food versus fuel, yet again

August 10, 2011

It ain’t news that rising food costs are due, in part, to the fact that we use edible plants for fuel instead of food. In July, however, a report confirmed the link between U.S. food prices and plant-fuel production. As the Guardian noted, even as farmers worldwide rush to grow more corn and soybeans, there still isn't enough to feed our demand for both food and fuel. And efforts to produce sustainable biofuels from non-edible plant materials, Reuters recently reported, are at least five years away from mass production.

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1. by Caroline Cummins on Aug 20, 2011 at 10:44 AM PDT

From Tom Laskawy at Grist comes the latest ethanol update: The feds are trying to have their corn-fed cake and eat it, too, by getting rid of tax credits and tariffs while still standing by ethanol as a viable biofuel.

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