Well, (some of) you read (some of) it here first at the LA. I recall that we were lambasting “Bio Fuels” before the mainstream media did (can’t put my finger on hte excat post right now.) But here’s a little taster (sorry!) of developing opinion:
Rioting breaks out over food price rises – biofuels are to blame say World Bank, FAO, UNHCR and IMF
The FT reports that food price rises are wiping out a decade of efforts to combat global poverty, according to the World Bank, IMF and the Food and Agricultural Organisation. The organisations were unanimous that biofuels were part of the reason for the price rises, which have increased 45 percent in the past 9 months. The conclusions were echoed by Gordon Brown, who yesterday called for a review of the effect of biofuels on food prices: “For the first time in decades, the number of people facing hunger is growing.” As the FAO issued another warning about the threat of social unrest in developing countries, riots have broken out in Haiti over soaring food prices, claiming five lives. Unrest is also reported in West Africa and Egypt. The BBC Today Programme reports that the army is now involved in food distribution in Bangladesh – a major food importing country. Meanwhile, AFP reports that price rises are pushing unions in Europe towards confrontation and strike action against employers.
Antonio Gutierrez, the UN High Commissioner for Refugees, interviewed on the Today programme, said that targets for biofuels “need to be reconsidered, because it is having an unexpected but meaningful negative impact on the food markets”.