This Friday, as we honor World Food Day, we are reminded of a harsh reality: what should be a basic human right is inaccessible to many.
As we move into the second GOP debate of the 2016 presidential election, you may wonder: Why should I care about this issue right now?
We attended Kentucky’s 2015 Fancy Farm Picnic to help Kentuckians initiate conversations about the RFS with their lawmakers.
Nine billion people. Our global population is predicted to rise from seven to nine billion people by 2040. Imagine trying to feed an additional two billion people when there are 800 million people around the world—right now—who go malnourished every day.
As concert goers celebrated in the shadow of the U.S. Capitol building, many were likely unaware of the law put in place that is responsible for increasing U.S. greenhouse gas emissions, severely polluting our waterways, straining already depleted water supplies, aggravating global hunger and worsening extreme poverty around the world.
For our third Hall of Legislative Curiosities series we’ve taken a look at the environmental problems at the heart of this perplexing the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS)
The politics surrounding biofuels and biomass-based power generation are so fraught with controversy that the Washington Post recently labeled bioenergy “a familiar obstacle to good policymaking.”
In an event convened by the Environmental Working Group (EWG), an unlikely coalition of voices came together to discuss the mass deforestation, volatile food prices and the dangerous, costly fuel being forced upon Americans by the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS).
Government mandates create an inflexible demand for biofuel crops, driving up the cost of food and making prices more volatile, thereby contributing to hunger around the world.
World Hunger Day seems like an appropriate time to discuss what the EPA and Congress can do to positively impact those living in extreme poverty. In a discussion hosted by FoodPolicy.Us, panelists discussed the effects the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) is having on hunger domestically and abroad.
The IPCC stunned many when it reversed its stance on global biofuels policies finding that the use of biofuels has sweeping consequences for the environment, global food security and the health of developing nations.
The RFS has global consequences that can mean life or death for hundreds of thousands of people around the world. Ethanol mandates that divert food into fuel are “a crime against humanity,” as Jean Ziegler, UN Special Rapporteur for the Right to Food has stated.
Earlier this year, 80 civil society organizations, including ActionAid, Oxfam and more, wrote an open letter to the Committee on World Food Security urging the committee to recognize the problems with using the world’s food supply to feed our gas tanks.
Governments must put people’s right to food before short term commercial interests, said Oxfam before the opening of the Committee on Food Security’s annual meeting. Oxfam is calling for Governments to ensure that biofuel policies do not force poor farmers off their land and fuel food price spikes.
While the biofuel industry has grown over the past decade, ethanol and other biofuels have come under increased criticism in recent years, with some questioning their long-term environmental benefits, and others linking them to more urgent disasters: food shortages in the world's poorest countries.
Last year, more than 40% of the nation's corn crop went to ethanol production — not food — because the RFS requires more ethanol to be blended into our gasoline. This demand for corn has driven prices for the commodity up by 40% to the detriment of U.S. food producers and hungry families.
As countries continue to prioritize gas tanks over stomachs, food insecurity is causing outrage and instability. Food price spikes between 2007 and 2008 have been directly linked to more than 60 food riots in 30 countries.
Yesterday, the head of the ethanol lobby Bob Dinneen testified in front of the House Energy and Commerce Committee on the Renewable Fuel Standard. Dineen admits that ethanol mandates were intended to raise the price of corn, costing consumers but lining corn growers' pockets.
Current global food trends point to increased difficulties in feeding the world. A new study reveals that there won’t be enough food to feed the world by 2050. The USDA estimates that 101 million people – or nearly one in three Americans – are currently receiving food assistance of some kind.
There’s enough food to feed everyone in the world, but it’s just not evenly distributed. That may be true. For now. But according to a study in the journal PLOS ONE, there won’t be enough food for everyone by 2050, no matter how we divvy it up.