Maize Minutia (updated)
UPDATE: Isn’t it funny how things work their way along sometimes?
Here’s a few things that you might not know:
- Rice is not the #1 food crop in the world; that would be corn. Rice is second and wheat comes in third.
- The planet produced 817,000,000 tonnes of corn in 2009.
- Maize (aka corn) is Africa’s most important staple food.
- North America is the world’s largest producer of corn, producing about half the worldwide yield.
- 40% of North America’s corn production gets made into biofuel to satisfy the yuppie need for a masturbatory sense of enviro-self-satisfaction.
- The price of corn has more than doubled in the last year.
But hey, that’s gotta be just a coincidence, right? The United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization doesn’t think so…
“It is becoming increasingly obvious that use of grain and oilseed for biofuels is of dubious benefit to the environment, uneconomical and a threat to global food security. The best policy would be to reverse the direction of policy and eliminate these ill-considered initiatives,” said the report submitted to the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization.
One of a series of studies on safeguarding food security in volatile global markets, the report says expanding the use of crops for fuel benefits farmers and landowners in particular, but also processors and agricultural suppliers.
“This constituency has the money to support studies claiming that ethanol has no important effect on food availability or prices, and the influence to persuade politicians that mandates should be expanded,” the report said. But it jeopardizes the lives of the desperately poor, it added.
Enjoy your hybrid, murderer.