Food riots

Our current economic policies are unsustainable:

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.”

5 thoughts on “Food riots

  1. What about reducing the amount of fuel used by increasing fuel efficiency and re-routing transport to rail instead of trucks?

    A no-cost action we could take would be to put the observation of holidays back on their traditional days, eliminating three-day holidays that were created artificially. People would not have time to take long trips.

  2. I used to think it was an unquestioned fact that lowering the speed limit to 55 was an unqualified gain, but when I wanted to write about it last year, I couldn’t find much research in its favor. Which, I guess, is why we don’t hear about it anymore.

  3. Trains, trains, trains, trains, electric trains, trains, trains – we already have lots of track (I know a lot must be repaired/refurbished) trains trains trains trains trains trains

  4. MADRID — Spain announced Friday a series of energy saving measures, including a lower speed limit and cuts to train ticket prices, in response to the rise in world oil prices due to unrest in the Middle East.

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