Pakistan: Biofuel and Food crisis

The Pakistani Spectator on biofuel being on the of reasons for the worldwide food crisis.

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  • This is a really interesting article that I missed in the Guardian actually. What surprises me is the lack of mention of any solutions to the problem of food prices that isn’t going to go away fast. There are loads of ideas being thrown around on how to deal with the crisis but consensus over the best long-term plans eludes most decision-makers. Still, I don’t think there’s much dispute over the need to increase agricultural productivity to feed a population that’s growing from 6.3 billion to about 9.5 billion by 2050. I’d really like to see more openness to new technologies like GM, particularly in places like Europe where it has been vilified from the start. It’s been used in more than 20 countries now for about a decade and successfully increased yields with less land and less water but is still rejected by so many people. I don’t think we can afford to be prejudiced against new solutions to this crisis without proper scientific arguments – the stakes are too high.

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