|Europe driving developing countries to hunger|
|Written by Kristin McMurray|
|Friday, 02 April 2010 11:42|
During the debate with Sarah Silverman this past Tuesday, she asked the rational question of "What's wrong with playing it safe and assuming that climate change is happening?"
Phelim explained the banning of DDT and the millions of resulting deaths in Africa and other developing nations. Now, we have another example of how green advocacy ends up hurting the most poverty stricken in the world.
A recently released report from ActionAid says that up to 100 million more people could go hungry if Europe continues to increase their use of biofuels.
Even with this recently released information, it is likely that Europe will continue to purchase biofules for years to come. Why? Climate legislation requires that 10 percent of all feuls come from renewable sources.
As a result by 2020 biofuel consumption in the EU will jump nearly four-fold with ActionAid predicting that two thirds will be imported, mainly from third-wolrd countries. The organization also estimates that for every one percent rise in the price of food, 16 million more poor people become hungry.
This is the danger of playing it safe or passing feel good legislation. If this had just been passed by the free market it would have been easily corrected, but instead those in developing countries will suffer for environmentalists good intentions.
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