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|Culture & Science - Ecology and Environment|
|Friday, 03 August 2012 09:00|
Ask Obama not to use food as fuel. Should be much more important to feed the people who make fuel with food.
That is why the use of biofuels made from grains like corn or wheat, can never be regarded green. However the total production of U.S. corn, half goes to make ethanol to fuel cars.
U.S. corn produces half the world, and half of it is converted into biofuel. The market for biofuels is heavily subsidized by the U.S. government, obtaining money from the taxpaying citizens.
The production of one liter of ethanol involves the use of about 600 liters of water, and soil contamination and water with fertilizers and pesticides.
Currently the U.S. is suffering its worst drought in 50 years, so it has declared a state of emergency in more than 1,000 counties. This makes the food prices rise significantly, while the land and grain are used to feed cars instead of people.
Due to subsidies, the U.S. government sets targets for ethanol production, which makes the perpetuation of this type of production inconsistent. On the other hand, the United Nations Organization, the Organization for Agriculture and Food and scientists worldwide are demanding for years that an end to the use of potential food for the manufacture of biofuels.
That is why Rainforest Rescue is promoting a petition, asking President Obama to stop subsidies for ethanol production and production targets remove this biofuel.
Help with your participation in Rainforest Rescue request because small actions of all, is what is making change possible.