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Coming Together on Ethanol Mandates & Global Food Supply

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.

Grist: Europe says its own biofuels policies increase food costs 50%, drive deforestation

The European Union’s own Joint Research Center found that Europe’s biofuels mandates are dramatically driving up food prices.

Financial Post: Biofuel blunder

The demand for feedstock oils from food and non-food plants, bushes and trees to feed the biodiesel thirst has imposed huge costs in terms of deforestation, land abuse and decreased water quality on those countries supplying the feedstock for biodiesel.

Talking Corn, Cows and Cars in California: Part 1

Colin Carter, professor of agriculture at UC Davis, and Michael Marsh, CEO of Western United Dairymen’s Association, debated the merits of this broken policy with Neil Koehler, CEO of Pacific Ethanol.

Boston Herald: Fuel policy wreaks global havoc

When crops such as corn are used to produce biofuels food and animal feed availability is reduced, food prices rise dramatically and hunger intensifies worldwide, as already impoverished people struggle to secure sustenance.

Huffington Post Green: Biofuels and Biomass Lose Favor: Investors Beware!

The DC Circuit Court of Appeals ruled against the EPA, stating the agency has no basis for a three-year deferral that would have exempted CO2 from "biogenic" sources (ethanol, biomass, municipal wastes, landfill gases) from greenhouse gas regulations under the Clean Air Act.

It’s Time for America to Lead on the Coming Food Crisis: Ethanol Mandates & Global Food Supply

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.

Reuters: Biofuels Cause Pollution, Not As Green As Thought – Study

Green schemes to fight climate change by producing more bio-fuels could actually worsen a little-known type of air pollution and cause almost 1,400 premature deaths a year in Europe by 2020, a study showed on Sunday.

Greenpeace: Food, Fuel, Forests and Climate – the Biofuels Conundrum

Fossil fuels are killing our climate and we need to find alternatives. It’s a simple message that most people get, but what happens when one of the supposed alternatives also becomes not just a climate killer, but a driver of hunger?

SFGate: EU Mulls Ways to Reduce Use of Food-Based Biofuel

Environmentalists argue that biofuels made from food, like corn and soybeans, may add as much or even more to greenhouse gas emissions as fossil fuels. Others have criticized the burning of food while there are still millions who can't afford to eat.

The Wall Street Journal: EU to Limit Use of Food-Based Biofuels

The European Commission, the executive arm of the European Union, said Monday it plans to limit the use of biofuels derived from food crops to 5% of transport fuel, in a radical change to its biofuel policy.