Gallery: Doctors Say Biofuel Subsidies Could Cause 192,000 Excess Death...


The Association of American Physicians and Surgeons (AAPS) released a statement this week warning that current government subsidies and policies surrounding biofuels could push an estimated 35 million people into poverty. The group of physicians is trying to bring to light the fact that most biofuels are currently being made from food crops, like corn, and that subsidies — which are heavily lobbied for by farm interest groups — push more farmers to grow food crops for fuel which in turn raises the price of food around the world. They’ve estimated that the current way of doing things could cause 192,000 excess deaths per year from hunger.

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  1. michaelpkrug April 15, 2011 at 12:34 am

    this doesn’t involve algae fuels in any way. Sapphire energy(though, will most likely monopolize on its product) has found a way to revolutionize the market of biofuels. Though this is a bash on biofuels, it really doesn’t give much details on what crops are being used and how much of an increase in price it will take to produce them……THERE IS ALWAYS AN ALTERNATIVE!

  2. grey April 8, 2011 at 2:09 pm

    Biofuel production requires much more fossil energy that it’s worth while driving the price of food out of sight. Subsidies to Archer Daniels Midland and greedy farmers buy a lot of political capital and that’s it in a nutshell.

  3. caeman April 7, 2011 at 10:00 am

    Is this a hate on biofuels? Or subsidies? I hope it isn’t about biofuels, because they are our best hope for a future of renewable energy that doesn’t involve toxic batteries.

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