Monday, April 11, 2011

Ethanol makes strange bedfellows

It's not often you see an organization that promotes a sector of major production agriculture praise a story in the New York Times.

Then again, it's not often the paper runs a story with the headline, "Rush to Use Crops as Fuel Raises Food Prices and Hunger Fears," which includes this quote:

“The policy really has to be food first,” said Hans Timmer, director of the Development Prospects Group of the World Bank. “The problems occur when you set targets for biofuels irrespective of the prices of other commodities.”

The article caught the attention of Richard Lobb, spokesman for the National Chicken Council, who e-mailed a link to the article last week.

"Amen to that," he wrote of Timmer's food-first suggestion.

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