Having just spent two glorious weeks in Jamaica, a developing nation in the Caribbean (Is that what we are still calling third world countries?), I have to say that, as a vacationing American, what we are doing with our food (using it for fuel) is wrong. Because of where we were on the island, it was kind of hard to ignore.
What Jamaicans are experiencing is really no different than what most of the world's citizens are experiencing at the moment- high food prices are affecting everyone - But it's the margins of error that are much, much smaller for the poorer nations.
Have you heard about what's going on in Haiti?
Biofuels aren't the only culprit, I know, but the development, use and subsidization of Ethanol is an unnecessary burden. It's a boondoggle, and it is causing shortages, riots, and starvation around the world.
Ethanol is a fuel, made out of food, which has created an artificial market, which is driving up the cost of everything and in some cases is literally killing people around the globe.
That should be enough reason to stop the madness, right? Naaah... Oh well. The guilt lasted until I got back to the beach. Out of sight out of mind?
Does that makes me part of the problem?