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    25% US Grain Crop Fed to Cars

    One quarter of US grain crops fed to cars - not people, new figures show | Environment | guardian.co.uk


    One quarter of US grain crops fed to cars - not people, new figures show

    New analysis of 2009 US Department of Agriculture figures suggests biofuel revolution is impacting on world food supplies


    A grain elevator in Illinois, US. In 2009, 107m tonnes of grain was grown by US farmers to be blended with petrol. Photograph: AP Photo/Monty Davis

    One-quarter of all the maize and other grain crops grown in the US now ends up as biofuel in cars rather than being used to feed people, according to new analysis which suggests that the biofuel revolution launched by former President George Bush in 2007 is impacting on world food supplies.
    The 2009 figures from the US Department of Agriculture shows ethanol production rising to record levels driven by farm subsidies and laws which require vehicles to use increasing amounts of biofuels.
    "The grain grown to produce fuel in the US [in 2009] was enough to feed 330 million people for one year at average world consumption levels," said Lester Brown, the director of the Earth Policy Institute, a Washington thinktank ithat conducted the analysis.
    Last year 107m tonnes of grain, mostly corn, was grown by US farmers to be blended with petrol. This was nearly twice as much as in 2007, when Bush challenged farmers to increase production by 500% by 2017 to save cut oil imports and reduce carbon emissions.
    More than 80 new ethanol plants have been built since then, with more expected by 2015, by which time the US will need to produce a further 5bn gallons of ethanol if it is to meet its renewable fuel standard.
    According to Brown, the growing demand for US ethanol derived from grains helped to push world grain prices to record highs between late 2006 and 2008. In 2008, the Guardian revealed a secret World Bank report that concluded that the drive for biofuels by American and European governments had pushed up food prices by 75%, in stark contrast to US claims that prices had risen only 2-3% as a result.
    Since then, the number of hungry people in the world has increased to over 1 billion people, according to the UN's World Food programme.
    "Continuing to divert more food to fuel, as is now mandated by the US federal government in its renewable fuel standard, will likely only reinforce the disturbing rise in world hunger. By subsidising the production of ethanol to the tune of some $6bn each year, US taxpayers are in effect subsidising rising food bills at home and around the world," said Brown.
    "The worst economic crisis since the great depression has recently brought food prices down from their peak, but they still remain well above their long-term average levels."
    The US is by far the world's leading grain exporter, exporting more than Argentina, Australia, Canada, and Russia combined. In 2008, the UN called for a comprehensive review of biofuel production from food crops.
    "There is a direct link between biofuels and food prices. The needs of the hungry must come before the needs of cars," said Meredith Alexander, biofuels campaigner at ActionAid in London. As well as the effect on food, campaigners also argue that many scientists question whether biofuels made from food crops actually save any greenhouse gas emissions.
    But ethanol producers deny that their record production means less food. "Continued innovation in ethanol production and agricultural technology means that we don't have to make a false choice between food and fuel. We can more than meet the demand for food and livestock feed while reducing our dependence on foreign oil through the production of homegrown renewable ethanol," said Tom Buis, the chief executive of industry group Growth Energy.



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    Every day, almost 16,000 children die from hunger-related causes--one child every five seconds.

    Black, Robert, Morris, Saul, & Jennifer Bryce. "Where and Why Are 10 Million Children Dying Every Year?" The Lancet 361:2226-2234. 2003.

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    So, why don't someone buy the grain and give it away to the hungry niggers in Somalia, Nigeria, who by the way sells oil and pisses off the money instead of buying grain to give away.
    Farmers in the USA borrow money to buy seed and fertilizer and fuel for their machines, they plant the seed and grow it into grain and then pay the bank for the seed money and pay their mortgage on their farms and buy new tractors for $250,000 each and try to feed their familys.
    So if you do not want this grain sold to Bio Fuel producers, then reach down in your pockets and buy the grain from the farmers and hire ships to haul it and give it away,,, no one is stopping you. It is perfectly legal,,the US does the same thing.
    The US does donate more grain and food supplies than any other country in the UN, look it up and you will see,,, I did.

    You see Musty, the farmers have to sell their crops or if they make no money then no crops next year.
    Quite different from you,, you can sell or give your pussy away and you still have it.
    Farmers aren't like that with crops, once sold or given away, they are gone and if you didn't grow more next year then there would be none.
    So you see,, to remain producing members of society, some money has to change hands, now the end user can give it away and get no more or make bio out of it, sell the product and then buy more grain..

    Do you get the idea of Commerce now???
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    Quote Originally Posted by blackgang View Post
    So, why don't someone buy the grain and give it away to the hungry niggers in Somalia, Nigeria, who by the way sells oil and pisses off the money instead of buying grain to give away.
    Farmers in the USA borrow money to buy seed and fertilizer and fuel for their machines, they plant the seed and grow it into grain and then pay the bank for the seed money and pay their mortgage on their farms and buy new tractors for $250,000 each and try to feed their familys.
    So if you do not want this grain sold to Bio Fuel producers, then reach down in your pockets and buy the grain from the farmers and hire ships to haul it and give it away,,, no one is stopping you. It is perfectly legal,,the US does the same thing.
    The US does donate more grain and food supplies than any other country in the UN, look it up and you will see,,, I did.
    I don't know about Somalia but I just spent 9 weeks in Nigeria's most dangerous city Port-Harcourt. Honestly the people there are very nice but are being screwed royally. Their government corruption makes Thailand's politicians look like saints.

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    forests and trees ,

    try looking at the big picture and not taking everything as a personal insult against the US .

    for mine it's obvious that the world is on an unsubstainable course and as the divide between the haves and have nots widens and grows the haves will be forced to initially hide behind weapons and eventually they will be over run by the shear weight of numbers of those who have nothing to lose .

    given this scenario today would be a good place to start to ensure a future for all mankind .


    and it is not that this is a new idea


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    Quote Originally Posted by Sakeopete
    I don't know about Somalia but I just spent 9 weeks in Nigeria's most dangerous city Port-Harcourt.
    Ttrue Sako, but the USA hating Mustyclit never misses a chance to denigrate the US about anything.
    And they can not buy all the grain grown in the country to give to food aid programs, some must be sold fpr profit so farmers can continue to produce, as for the corruption and graft in most countrys, there is not much we can do about it, but the UN is bitching because the US doesn't give cash money to food aid programs, just food.
    believe it or not that is the truth,,, harder to do corrupt things with food than it is with cash, but believe me it can be done.
    So if you are hungry ask for food,, if you want cash to go to Mickey D and buy a Hamburger and wine then go somewhere else that pays in cash instead of grub.

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