The Foundry: Ethanol Mandate Leads to Violence, Social Unrest

February 8, 2013

Michael Sandoval, Feb. 7- 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).

In a presentation at The Heritage Foundation, Dr. Yaneer Bar-Yam elaborated upon earlier research done by NECSI demonstrating a link between global food price increases associated with the corn-to-ethanol conversion and violence in the Middle East and North Africa known as the “Arab Spring” causing “unrest and upheaval.”

“[Corn] is a huge part of the global food system,” Bar-Yam said. Corn forms the basis for everything from high fructose corn syrup and cereal to feed for livestock.