Stop the Nonsense

By Mike Bryan | July 11, 2013

I see article after article pertaining to world hunger and how biofuels are one of the root causes. It is time to stop this nonsense. Biofuels are not causing world hunger, they never have and they never will. In fact, they couldn’t cause world hunger even if they tried, because if the price of feedstock rose because of world demand, the biofuels industry would go broke.

One in eight people in the world go to bed hungry. Why? The reasons are as clear now as they were 50 years ago: war, weather, population growth, agricultural practices and poverty.

War stops people who need food from getting food. Weather impedes the ability of developing countries to grow sufficient food. Population growth puts additional strain on the limited food supply. Agricultural practices that over-graze, deforest and farm marginal land lead to poor food production, and poverty forces people to choose between a roof over their heads or food.

We grow enough food in the world to feed every man, woman and child on the planet. We have done so since agriculture began. It’s not a production problem, it’s a distribution problem, and to blame biofuels for war and warlords who stifle food distribution is misguided, to say the least. Biofuels also have little to do with the weather. In fact, if anything, the industry is working hard to reduce carbon and thereby have a positive effect on the weather. The existence of marginal farm land in developing countries and the poverty it produces is not a biofuels issue. And finally, last I checked, biofuels has virtually no impact on population growth.

Food vs. fuel has taken on a life of its own. It has, in my opinion, been one of the most effective, although patently false, tales spun by those opposed to the expansion of the biofuels industry. Show me one definitive study that directly correlates the production of biofuels with world hunger, a study that is not riddled with false assumptions, preconceived outcomes and questionable funding sources. There are none!

There are none because this entire issue has been fabricated, not on the basis of real science, but with the sole intent of destroying a competitive industry in the energy market. This and a host of other issues that have been raised about biofuels over the past 30 years are nothing more than competitive warfare, waged largely by the oil industry.

The sooner the public realizes how ridiculous this is, the better. World hunger is a devastating problem that we all need to be concerned about and an issue that developed countries around the world need to collectively act on. But to simply blame biofuels and imply that without biofuels, everyone in the world would be fat and happy is absolute nonsense!

Anyone with half a brain knows that the food vs. fuel issue has nothing to do with food sharing, but has everything to do with market sharing.

That’s the way I see it.

Author: Mike Bryan
Chairman, BBI International