Food prices continue to rise, and the shortage in staple foods is having far-reaching consequences.
Now, the United Nations is getting in on the act, urging nations across the world to increase food production as food riots threaten to destabilize many already unsteady third-world nations.
Why are we having these problems? Today’s food shortages are a direct result of the growing demand for ethanol for use as fuel for cars. Ethanol made from corn is in high demand, and the more farmers sell their crops to make biofuels, the less staple foods there are for the rest of the world.
These shortages are even effecting the US, the so-called “Breadbasket of the World.” Unfortunately, it will likely take more than a few miffed shoppers to make the people of America wake up and smell the wheat…or lack of wheat.
On top of all of that, the shortage in food staples has driven many manufacturers of processed foods to turn to genetically engineered or altered grains in the name of saving money. With the worries around the world as to the potential side-effects of these engineered foods, this brings up even more concerns as to the true practicality of turning to corn-based ethanol for fuel.
The simple truth of it is that using corn-based ethanol was and is an ill-conceived idea, and has far-reaching side effects that will eventually cause a major backlash. No one can fault farmers for turning to crops that will make them the most money, but we can blame the green movement and the leaders in our government for encouraging the burning up of our food supply.
The United States used to literally be the Breadbasket of the World. Nations the world over depended on the United States’ grain exports to feed their citizens. Now the US is burning that food in the name of energy independence and is importing grain to feed its citizens. Widespread use of corn-based ethanol is a mistake, but it’s not too soon to correct that error. We can stabilize the world’s food supply by turning away from this foolishness and eating our food, rather than burning it.
After all, who will benefit from cleaner air if we all starve to death?