Today we use vast amounts of food to make bio-deisel.
A World Bank policy research working paper published on July 2008 found that the increase in food commodities prices was led by grains, with sharp price increases in 2005 despite record crops worldwide. From January 2005 until June 2008, maize prices almost tripled, wheat increased 127 percent, and rice rose 170 percent. The increase in grain prices was followed by increases in fats and oil prices in mid-2006. On the other hand, the study found that sugar cane production has increased rapidly, and it was large enough to keep sugar price increases small except for 2005 and early 2006. The paper concluded that biofuels produced from grains have raised food prices in combination with other related factors between 70 to 75 percent, but ethanol produced from sugar cane has not contributed significantly to the recent increase in food commodities prices.
This has happened due to the campaigns of the green movement to avoid dependance on fossil fuels. The Agri-lobby has of course seen the dollar signs and helped out to get it to happen.
For all those people who live on a pound a day or less this increase in food prices at a time of bumper harvests has resulted in them seeing their children slowly starve. Death may well be finally as a result of disease but cronic malnutririon make Jack a weak boy.
According to NetAid, over a billion people, or roughly one in six, live in extreme poverty. Extreme poverty is defined as living on less than US$1 a day.
If 5% a year of these people are dieing as a result of this overpriced food then that's 50million people a year. That's about 8 times more than Hitler managed at his peak kill rate.
Does this make GreenPeace/Freiends of the Earth the most evil organisations of all time?