17 Jun '11, 12pm

Scientific American op-ed: Kill biofuels to solve the food crisis

With the Senate, on a second attempt, successfully passing an amendment to end the 45 cent per gallon ethanol subsidy for American refiners and the 54-cent tariff on imported ethanol, I thought I'd point to this terrific op-ed in Scientific American on how to solve the food crisis. According to author Timothy Searchinger of Princeton University, it's the biofuels, stupid. The crisis certainly isn't due to a lack of agricultural productivity, no matter what agribusiness and the USDA say. Searchinger claims: [T]otal world grain production last year was the third highest in history. Indeed, it has grown since 2004 at rates that, on average, exceed the long-term trend since 1980 and roughly match the trends of the past decade. Even with bad weather in Russia and northern Australia last year, global average crop yields were only 1 percent below what the trends would lead us to ...

Full article: http://www.grist.org/biofuel/2011-06-16-sciam-op-ed-kill-...

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