Fidel and the World’s Future

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The cost of corn is going up. The reason: corn is used to produce ethanol, the new green petrol. The cost of the fuel will go down, the cost of bread and meat will go up. This is what happens in the rich countries. In poor ones what will increase is the number dying of hunger and the exports of ethanol. Food must be energy for the human not for machines.
Fidel Castro, after 8 months of silence, has put forward certain reflections in the daily paper Granma. He’s talking about George W. Bush’s launch of the ethanol era. In the future no longer will petrol be taken from the mouths of the developing countries, but just bread.

“More than three billion people in the world condemned to premature death from hunger and thirs
That is not an exaggerated figure, but rather a cautious one. I have meditated a lot on that in the wake of President Bush’s meeting with U.S. automobile manufacturers. The sinister idea of converting food into fuel was definitively established as an economic line in U.S. foreign policy last Monday, March 26.
The president urged Congress to ‘move expeditiously’ on legislation the administration recently proposed to require the use of 35 billion gallons of alternative fuels by 2017 and seek higher fuel economy standards for automobiles. Bush met with General Motors Corp. chairman and chief executive Rick Wagoner, Ford Motor Co. chief executive Alan Mulally and DaimlerChrysler AG's Chrysler Group chief executive Tom LaSorda.
I believe that reducing and moreover recycling all motors that run on electricity and fuel is an elemental and urgent need for all humanity. The tragedy does not lie in reducing those energy costs but in the idea of converting food into fuel.
It is known very precisely today that one ton of corn can only produce 413 liters of ethanol on average, according to densities. That is equivalent to 109 gallons. The average price of corn in U.S. ports has risen to $167 per ton. Thus, 320 million tons of corn would be required to produce 35 billion gallons of ethanol.
According to FAO figures, the U.S. corn harvest rose to 280.2 million tons in the year 2005. Apply that recipe to the countries of the Third World and you will see that people among the hungry masses of the Earth will no longer eat corn.
Or something worse: lend funding to poor countries to produce corn ethanol based on corn or any other food and not a single tree will be left to defend humanity from climate change.
Other countries in the rich world are planning to use not only corn but also wheat, sunflower seeds, rapeseed and other foods for fuel production. For the Europeans, for example, it would become a business to import all of the world’s soybeans with the aim of reducing the fuel costs for their automobiles and feeding their animals with the chaff from that legume, particularly rich in all types of essential amino acids.
All the countries of the world, rich and poor, without any exception, could save millions and millions of dollars in investment and fuel simply by changing all the incandescent light bulbs for fluorescent ones, an exercise that Cuba has carried out in all homes throughout the country……
I refer in this case to an official news agency, founded in 1945 and generally well-informed about economic and social questions in the world: TELAM. It said, and I quote:
“In just 18 years, close to 2 billion people will be living in countries and regions where water will be a distant memory. Two-thirds of the world’s population could be living in places where that scarcity produces social and economic tensions of such a magnitude that it could lead nations to wars for the precious ‘blue gold.’
“According to statistics from the World Water Council, it is estimated that by 2015, the number of inhabitants affected by this grave situation will rise by 3.5 billion people.”
Fidel Castro.

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Posted by: Dave Matthews | April 6, 2007 11:34 PM


Joe,

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And I am no masochist.

:D


Posted by: Dave Matthews | April 6, 2007 07:16 PM


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Posted by: Raffaella Biferale | April 6, 2007 09:01 AM


Beppe - petrol is not just "taken" from developing countries. petrol is purchased. Come on. How is it Bush's "ethanol era" when every "green" party in the world laments about oil and pushes "alternative" fuels to "save the planet". OK so we switch from oil to corn based products and now the rich nations are once again meanies for taking bread. Of course it's all Bush's fault. The true blame can be laid at the hands of the leaders (often dictators) of the poorer countries that squander (or steal) the monies paid to their countries for their petrol. Give us a break already and lay blame where blame belongs. The rich pay for things. Remember - the root of all evil is not money - it's lack of money.

Posted by: anderson reeves | April 6, 2007 02:39 AM


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Posted by: Dave Matthews | April 5, 2007 08:09 PM


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Posted by: Dave Matthews | April 5, 2007 07:25 PM


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Posted by: Giovanni Principe | April 5, 2007 06:40 PM


I totally disagree with the premise of this article. First, the land in the world is being inefficiently used, second corn is of all the biofuel options the least efficent, and third there are 3 billion starving people because of absurd amounts of aid going to corrupt governments who do not give the aid to their people but use it to profiteer on the black market.

Anyone with anysense knows sugar is the most efficient material to make ethanol, and that certain development within the next 5-10 years will make ordinary prairie grass that is prevalent on the US Great Plains an even more efficient material to make ethanol. Moreover the current food problems are as much a product of government price rigging schemes as they are market influences and competing land uses. But most importantly, places like Africa, and other places in South Asia and South America need serious government and land reform to enable the efficient use of land to maximize crop production which could be used either as food or fuel. In a more free market based economy, there would not be a choice between food or fuel, but only an appropriate allocation to satisfy all needs.

Posted by: Ronald Ramo | April 5, 2007 04:57 PM


Biofuel is a taxpayer boondoggle. It's a thinly veiled farm subsidy. Everyone opoints to Brazil's fuel independence and thinks biofuel is the answer, but isn't Brazil where the rainforests are being decimated for more agricultural land? castro is an idiot and nothing he says should be taken seriously but we should use his bringing up the subject to discuss the implications of the panacea of biofuels.

Why would we want to use up valuable surface resources such as topsoil to create a fuel which is less efficient than oil? Oil has no other use except as an energy source while corn and sugar cane and other crops obviously are used as food.

The answer to our energy problems is the one that everyone is afraid to talk about: NUCLEAR.

Otherwise we are just re-arranging the deck chairs on the titanic.

Posted by: Henry Gomez | April 5, 2007 04:38 PM


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