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.
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.
Targets to boost biofuel production have encouraged multinational companies to buy up land in the developing world, forcing some of the world’s poorest people further into poverty, it is claimed.
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?