Ethanol - Biofuel Subsidies & Starving Egyptians

Wednesday, July 9th, 2008
A group of peasants huddled together are displaying such the commotion over something, a million dollars you would think is what must lay at these peasants feet. The sad truth is that all the commotion is all for a daily meal, fish just caught by a local fisherman of Al-Burullus, Egypt. Though hunger stricken people may not be the usual news surrounding ethanol production and biofuels we felt the need to bring to light a sadder side of biofuel and our economy. It seems that among the no doubt plentiful reasons behind why there are starving people in our world, it could be the case that for Al-Burrulus, Egypt - people may be paying a heavy price for US Biofuel Subsidies. The US offers subsidies for which the estimated worth is over approximately $11 Billion dollars per year. One of the recent problems in Al-Burrulus is that instead of flour being made available, wheat production has made way for farms that produce corn to make ethanol for use in one of the most popular biofuels, e85 corn ethanol. Many farmers have changed their crops from wheat over to corn in an effort to make an extra buck. Egypt imports most of its wheat from the United States and the price for wheat from america has doubled, seriously impacting the Egyptian economy. Many feel that President Bush has downplayed the situation regarding the global impact of ethanol production, however there are difficult decisions to be made by our leaders and as it becomes ever more evident with each passing day - a biofuel is most certainly needed for our planet, preferrably not at the cost of human life. Just another reason behind my personal fascination with cellulosic ethanol production as the ethanol biofuel to go with.