Apr 29 2008

EcoView: Food Shocks, Oil Shocks and the Truth About Biofuels

Published by at 2:40 pm under Uncategorized

If you’ve filled up your tank at a gas station or swung by the supermarket recently, you’ve probably noticed prices have gone up. It’s still not too bad for us rich Canucks; it’s the poor people in much of the rest of the planet who are really struggling to feed their children, much less pump petrol.

Biofuels have rightfully taken some of the blame for this. More food crops used in inefficient ethanol fuel production equals less food — and less fuel, in most cases outside Brazilian sugarcane ethanol refineries.

But are biofuels the real reason behind these price shocks, or are there other factors at work? And did you know that environmental heavyweights like the David Suzuki Foundation based in Vancouver were never all that enthusiastic about the short-term potential of biofuels in the first place?

Interested? Read all about the answers to these questions in my latest article on the David Suzuki Foundation website, “Food Shocks, Biofuels and Green Solutions“.

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  1. Raulon 30 Apr 2008 at 8:00 am

    There is a need for a balanced view on the topic of biofuels, and I think you’re right on the money with this one. There are other crops from which you can manufacture biodiesel. The thing is, precisely, finding those so that we avoid creating food scarcity imbalances all over the world.

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