Archive | July 21, 2011

Honduras: Paradise in Peril

The Río Platáno Biosphere Reserve, Honduras – home to the highest level of tropical biodiversity in Central America, homeland of the Pech and Miskito Indians, and keeper of hundreds of unexplored archeological sites – is in danger. Non-indians are invading the Reserve from all sides, poaching endangered wildlife and fish, slashing and burning ancient forests to sow pastures, and forcing indigenous inhabitants off their ancestral lands. Paradise in Peril follows an expedition organized to document the destruction of this UNESCO World Heritage Site and collect testimony from the native peoples who rely on the Río Platáno for survival.

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Biofuels Increasing Food Prices

Biofuels Increasing Food Prices


Purdue University Economists for the Farm Foundation have found that:

  • The U.S. push to increase biofuels like ethanol is behind 2011 food price crisis
  • The demand for corn (used as biomass to make ethanol has rocketed
  • In 2005 16m acres was used to supply ethanol, whereas in 2010 it was 18.6m in the U.S.
  • In 2011, U.S. ethanol refiners are using more corn than livestock and poultry farmers.
  • In 2010, 27% of corn crop was used to provide ethanol compared to 10%
  • In 2011 the price of corn and oats is up by 30% – 40%
  • “We’re driving up food prices unnecessarily”
  • “If corn prices go up, wheat goes up. It’s all linked.” – Ken Powell, chief executive of General Mills
  • Soybean, and corn is in short supply globally, and even shorter in the U.S.

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