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How Biofuels Could Starve the Poor

Authors: C. Ford Runge, and Benjamin Senauer
May/June 2007
Foreign Affairs


Thanks to high oil prices and hefty subsidies, corn-based ethanol is now all the rage in the United States. But it takes so much supply to keep ethanol production going that the price of corn -- and those of other food staples -- is shooting up around the world. To stop this trend, and prevent even more people from going hungry, Washington must conserve more and diversify ethanol's production inputs.

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