Food vs. fuel debate, German edition
Defending her country’s biofuel mandates in a time of global food crisis, German Chancellor Angela Merkel recently denied that turning food crops into car fuel affects prices.
Those looking for reasons behind the recent spike in food prices shouldn’t blame ethanol and biodiesel makers, she argued. Instead, look at how people are eating in the global south:
If you travel to India these days, then a main part of the debate is about the "second meal." People are eating twice a day, and if a third of one billion people in India do that, it adds up to 300 million people. That’s a large part of the European Union.
Those pesky Indians and their "second meals"! Can’t they see that packing the autobahn with "green"-fueled cars takes precedence?