November 1, 2007
To the Relevant Authorities:
We direct this letter to the Paraguayan authorities and Cargill--the largest exporter of soy in the country--in relation to the citizen protest that will take place on March 26, 2008 in the department of San Pedro. This protest, organized by the Interdistrict Coordination in Defense of Sovereignty, under the banner “Against the Soy Invasion”, expresses the concern of campesino and Indigenous communities for the serious social and environmental problems that are being caused and exacerbated by the expansion of transgenic soy monoculture.
By Eric Holt-Giménez and Isabella Kenfield
When Renewable Isn’t Sustainable: Agrofuels and the Inconvenient Truth behind the 2007 U.S. Energy Independence and Security Act
When Renewable isn’t Sustainable: Agrofuels’ and the Inconvenient Truths behind U.S. Energy Independence
Contact: FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Eric Holt-Giménez, Food First Executive Director
510.654.4400 ext. 227
eholtgim [at] foodfirst [dot] org
March 20, 2008
FOOD FIRST RELEASES POLICY BRIEF ON AGROFUELS AND THE 2007 US ENERGY BILL
Report highlights growing hunger, energy dependency on Global South, corporate control
Agrofuels and the inconvenient truths behind the 2007 U.S. Energy Bill
Guerrilla News Network
by Eric Holt-Gimenez and Isabella Kenfield
March 26, 2008
If you are a typical family of four, your food bill likely increased by about $2,400 last year. Why?
FACT: Ethanol is helping drive food prices out of control without lowering the price of gas – Corn planted for ethanol competes for farmland with corn for food production and with other food crops. This drives up the price of all food crops, especially those that contain corn products—which is most of our processed food. Meat is more expensive because our beef cattle eat corn, not grass. Food prices have increased by 25% over last year! Gas prices still went up by 80%...
FACT: Our taxes are used to increase food costs - Without government mandates and subsidies, the ethanol industry would collapse. Last year subsidies for ethanol and biodiesel reached between $5.5 and $7.3 billion. We are paying to have our food prices go up!
FACT: Record high food prices hurt families – A moderate food budget for a family of four costs an average of $46 more per week this year than last. Even if you receive a $600 tax rebate this year, the money won't come close reimbursing your extra food costs due to ethanol production.
Tell the government to stop subsidizing higher food prices! How?
Forget Bono. The world's richest man gives away hundreds of millions to foster a new Green Revolution.
by Ronald Bailey
January 29, 2008
by Stephen Leahy
January 26, 2008
BROOKLIN - U.S. biofuels production is driving up food prices around the world, giving billions of poor people a very good reason to hate U.S. policy, say environmentalists.
“The U.S. has led the fight to stem global hunger, now we are creating hunger,” said Lester Brown, president of the Earth Policy Institute, an environmental think tank in Washington.
December 17, 2007
Contact: Eric Holt-Gimenez
510-654-4400 ext 227
Spanish and Portuguese translations below.
A coalition of U.S organizations is calling for an Immediate Moratorium on U.S. incentives for agrofuels, U.S. agroenergy monocultures and global trade in agrofuels. The Coalition is asking your organization to help strengthen the Call by signing on.
Black Star News
by Sifelani Tsiko
December 14, 2007
Industrialized countries are drawing up ambitious renewable fuel targets to reap huge rewards from the bio-fuels boom while avoiding discussion of the heavy price people in the Global South are paying to help sustain the consumptive oil-based lifestyles of the West.
Agronomists, ecologists, environmentalists and development activists who met recently in Mali called on African governments to resist pressure from the Industrialized North to grow food crops for the production of biodiesel.