Bill Clinton is warning of food riots in poor nations because of rising global food prices rising and more corn being diverted to the production of ethanol fuel.
The former President Clinton told farmers and Agriculture Department employees on that while producing biofuels is important for reducing America’s dependence on foreign oil, farmers should also look beyond domestic production and consider the needs of developing countries.
Clinton said, “I think the best thing to say is we have to become energy independent, but we don’t want to do it at the cost of food riots.”
He said the United States needs to look at the long term, global effects of its farm policy.
Clinton said, “We know that the way we produce and consume energy has to change, yet for farmers there are no simple answers.”
“There is a way for us to do this and to do it right.”