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WFP Food Crisis

Everyone is touting how bio-fuels are a green source of energy and better for the environment then fossil fuels. Now we see some of the major car companies getting behind bio-fuels such as ethanol, but has anyone thought of the negative impacts of these bio-fuels. Below is an excerpt from an article I was reading. In our rush to be green has anyone thought of the amount of grain we are wasting for fuel, that could be better used to feed people?

The World Food Program blames soaring food prices on a convergence of rising energy costs, natural disasters linked to climate change, and competition for grain used to make bio-fuels like ethanol.
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food prices are rising because people are greedy.
it will be a long time before there is an actual shortage of food and not a mismanagement in distribution.

the more real problem with looking to corn/grain to replace oil (not just fuel, but plastic alternatives) is that land is being used exclusively for corn, which is bad for the soil/environment. domestic farmers who used to diversify, don't anymore. and land that used to be forest is harvested and turned into cornfields (or soybean fields).