By Jane Edwards.
In his excellent article on the ‘African Brain Drain’ Andrew Brons states :”White liberal political society has been corrupted by the universally harmful doctrine of globalisation”.
Nowhere is this more true than in the switching of the globe’s ever-shrinking fertile land for growing food for an ever-expanding population to producing crops for bio fuels. According to Bjorn Lomborg in his new book How Much Have Global Problems Cost the World, the growing of biofuels has led to 30 million people a year suffering from starvation.
With the Greens spearheading the campaign, the liberals of this world championed biofuels as a weapon against global warming, claiming they would emit much less CO2 than fossil fuels. Needless to say, this was quickly taken up by the EU and an edict was issued that crop-based biofuels should replace 5 per cent of fuel used in transport. In fact, land for growing EU biofuels now takes up an area of European farmland larger than the size of Belgium. It is estimated that a similar area is used in Africa, Malaysia, Indonesia and Brazil for meeting Europe’s total biofuel requirement – on land that previously grew food for locals.
Lomborg says it is estimated that the land being used to produce Europe’s biofuels demands is enough to feed 100 million people, and the United States takes up even more of this land which could grow food. Originally, the EU wanted 10 per cent of transport fuels to be based on biofuels, but now that protests are increasing they will reduce it to 7 per cent. How thoughtful of them.
It has taken some time for well-meaning Westerners to realise that by embracing the use of biofuels they have made it hard for the world’s poor to buy food. Pseudo-green vested interests were loath to reduce the large subsidies that the wasteful biofuels scandal has received. But even environmentalists such as Al Gore are admitting it is a mistake. As the recent study by the International Institute for Sustainable Development has shown, deforestation, fertilisers and fossil fuels used in the production of biofuels would emit 92 per cent as much CO2 as burning the biofuels would save.
A personal example of a victim of this biofuels scandal concerns my father, or rather his elderly diesel car. He used to drive 12,000 miles or so a year. Now he is retired it is down to about 4,000. He thought he would only have to change his engine oil and filter once in two years now instead of yearly. But no. His garage (who he trusts) says that because of diesel’s biofuel content engine oil now produces more sediment and clogs up his filters. I am not a mechanic so I can’t prove it!