Hunger in the News: Biofuels Contribute to Higher Food Prices
Rush to Use Crops as Fuels Raises Food Prices and Hunger Fears. Soaring food prices have caused riots or contributed to political turmoil in a host of poor countries in recent months, including Algeria, Egypt and Bangladesh, where palm oil, a common biofuel ingredient, provides crucial nutrition to a desperately poor populace. [The New York Times]
U.S. Invests $5 Million to Improve Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack has announced that USDA will award grants to improve access to and increase participation in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). [GovMonitor]
Senate Defeats Efforts to Stop Climate Change Regulation.The Obama administration and its Senate allies beat back a months-long effort by congressional Republicans to strip the Environmental Protection Agency of its ability to regulate greenhouse gases, the heat-trapping emissions most scientists believe is the main contributor to global climate change. [The Los Angeles Times]
Green Economy for Africa’s Development. A green economy that results in increased human well-being and social equity, while significantly reducing environmental risks and ecological scarcities, is the economic vehicle for sustainable development, and not an alternative to it, said an expert at United Nations Commission for Africa. [The Nation]
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