by Miguel A. Altieri, University of California, Berkeley
Food prices are increasing by the day, countries are cutting trade in some basic grains, and food riots, marches, and protests are happening in countries around the world. Is agriculture at a crossroads? Are the world’s 1.5 billion hectares of farmlands sufficient to feed us, the animals we consume… and also produce agrofuels for our industrial way of life?
Recently adopted U.S. and the E.U. renewable energy standards are contributed to rapidly rising prices for both land and food. Concerns about
by Raj Patel and Eric Holt-Giménez
It was just a matter of time… and not long at that. The world food crisis and the explosion of “food riots” across the globe has been turned into an opportunity. By whom? By the same institutions that created the conditions for the crisis in the first place: proponents of the new Green Revolution.
by Annie Shattuck
April 10, 2008
The debate over renewable energy is raging. The U.S. Congress recently passed a renewable fuels mandate which will effectively create an artificial market for at least 15 billion gallons of corn ethanol per year. Numerous studies have criticized ethanol's environmental footprint. From negligible greenhouse gas savings to increased ground level ozone, and dependency on high-input agriculture–corn ethanol's critics have painted a picture of a costly band-aid for our energy crisis.
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