Monday, February 05, 2007

In a situation similar to what I blogged ...

... on Mexico, Europe's food industry calls for a more balanced biofuel policy.
Using agricultural land to grow bio-energy crops would also compete with the use of land for food and animal feed production, the CIAA stated in its memorandum.

For most consumers, raising food pries to cut fuel costs is not a viable alternative. Food prices need to remain low, which means we need to find biomass alternatives to canola, corn and sugar (as three major examples). The article cited specifically speaks of the increase in rapeseed (canola) prices, which doubled in the last five years as increasingly larger portions of the canola market went to biofuels production. Other cereals and starches went up 20% in the same time span. That trend needs to be reversed.

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