(NewsMax.com) - Some top international food scientists Tuesday recommended halting the use of food-based biofuels, such as ethanol, saying it would cut corn prices by 20 percent during a world food crisis.
But even as the scientists were calling for a moratorium, President Bush urged the opposite. He declared the United States should increase ethanol use because of national energy security and high gas prices.
The conflicting messages Tuesday highlighted the ongoing debate over food and fuel needs.
The three senior scientists with an international research consortium pushing a biofuel moratorium said nations need to rethink programs that divert food such as corn and soybeans into fuel, given the burgeoning worldwide food crisis. The group, CGIAR, is a global network that uses science to fight hunger. It is funded by dozens of countries and private foundations....
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THE CATHOLIC KNIGHT warned of this weeks ago. The increased production of biofuels is adding to the worldwide food crisis that is hurting the pocketbooks of wealthy industrialized nations, and killing the poor in third-world nations. In the name of 'saving the planet,' we're killing the weakest among us. It has to stop. Pope Benedict XVI chided environmentalists while addressing this very issue. We must not put the needs of environmentalism above the needs of our fellow man.