Wednesday, December 12, 2007

Let them eat cake, 2007

From The Economist:
Since the spring, wheat prices have doubled and almost every crop under the sun — maize, milk, oilseeds, you name it—is at or near a peak in nominal terms. ... Even in real terms, prices have jumped by 75% since 2005. ...

But the rise in prices is also the self-inflicted result of America's reckless ethanol subsidies. This year biofuels will take a third of America's (record) maize harvest. That affects food markets directly:
fill up an SUV's fuel tank with ethanol and you have used enough maize to feed a person for a year.
Congressman Etheridge, are you listening?

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