Heck of a thing when the Europeans are adjusting to reality and when we’re not. Then again, they’re farther down the road. Walter Russell Mead has the report:
Getting rid of biofuel programs would cut Europe’s food costs in half by 2020, and lower global food prices by 15 percent. That’s according to a new report, commissioned by the EU’s own Joint Research Center (JRC), released ahead of a critical European Parliament vote on Wednesday to cap biofuels’ contributions to the EU’s 2020 green targets.
Current EU targets have more than half of the continent’s vegetable oils going towards biodiesel production in 2020. The new paper points out that global food prices are “strongly driven” by their end use. As Euractiv puts it, “[w]hen more soy and palm oil are used for biofuels production, less is available for food use and the resulting scarcity drives food price inflation.”
Personally, I feel that religion is a fine thing: but if your religion tells you that it is a good thing to starve another man to death, find a better religion.
PS: The vote went through on Wednesday, as scheduled: and the the Guardian frothed at the mouth over it. It’s great fun to read, if you go for that sort of thing.