Advocates for Smarter Fuel Future design warning label that show the horrors of ethanol.
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.
What happens when you use the world’s breadbasket to feed cars, not people? No surprise here: Less land for food means higher prices for you.
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.
As we wait for the Environmental Protection Agency to make the final ruling on the 2014 Renewable Fuel Standard, the U.N. Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change reversed its stance on biofuels development in a report released this week.
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.
On Friday, September 13, California became the most recent state to take action against ethanol mandates. The state legislature unanimously passed AJR 21, which urged Congress to enact the RFS Reform Act of 2013, to alleviate the impact of rising feed costs for California dairy and poultry farmers.
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.
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.