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The Foundry: Ethanol Mandate Leads to Violence, Social Unrest

The conversion of corn to ethanol has contributed to a doubling in global food prices since 2005, according to a report by the New England Complex Systems Institute (NECSI).

National Defense: Study: U.S. Energy Policy Fuels Global Insecurity

U.S. production of corn-based ethanol over the past six years — along with commodity trading speculation — has kept food prices artificially high, which has caused unrest in parts of the world that the Pentagon regards as strategic hotspots.

The Wall Street Journal: The Ethanol Election Delay

Food shortages across Africa, the Middle East and South America are the worst since the 1980s and have produced hunger and political instability. So perhaps this emergency is the time to relax the U.S. ethanol mandate, which diverts four of every 10 domestic bushels of corn into gas tanks.

The American Interest: Ethanol Is a Threat to National Security

As a way to save the planet, not many policies are worse than government-backed ethanol. It’s bad for the economy, bad for the environment, doesn’t reduce greenhouse gases, and has led to rapidly rising food prices.