Biofuels boost poverty and death rates, U.S. studies say

July 8, 2013

Kenric Ward, July 5— WASHINGTON — A food-for-fuel policy is causing some 200,000 deaths a year, and afflicting millions more with disease and disability, a new report says.

World Health Organization and World Bank data bear out reports by the Executive Intelligence Review that show America’s “amber waves of grain” are losing ground as a food supply.

“The U.S. mandate for biofuels currently uses up approximately 40 percent of the national corn crop, and the mandate is scheduled to increase,” EIR reported.

And it’s not just happening in America.

“At the same time,” EIR stated, “financial sharks and cartels have diverted millions of acres of land in developing nations from food production into fuel — literally taking food out of the mouths of the people most vulnerable to starvation.”

Indur M. Goklany, an Interior Department science and technology analyst, cited World Bank estimates that more than 35 million people were pushed into poverty between 2004 and 2010, due to high food prices and economic dislocation associated with increased biofuel production.

That poverty translates into mortality, said Goklany.