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Sussitz, Hermann

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Der Standard - Austria | 14/08/2012

Biofuel leaving poor to starve

The real problem behind the rising grain prices is not the current droughts but the cultivation of corn for biofuel, as 40 percent of the corn harvest in the United States ends up in fuel tanks, writes the left-liberal daily Der Standard: "We're dealing here not with a shortage of supplies but a lesson in economics. Because across the world the granaries are well filled. No one need starve any more. But the prices are leaving stomachs empty. … If the US ditched its biofuel policy there would be so much corn on the table that the price for grains would almost certainly drop. The areas for cultivation threaten to grow at a slower pace than the world's population. If governments continue to rely on biofuel, the second generation which converts waste straw into fuel must be made marketable as quickly as possible. Otherwise the food supplies of the world's poorest will depend on our driving behaviour."

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