Could there be a link between this:
Global biofuel production increased by 17 percent in 2010 to reach an all-time high of 105 billion liters.1 (See Figure 1.) The increase exceeded the 10 percent growth experienced in 2009, when production was at 90 billion liters.2 Biofuels provided 2.7 percent of all global fuel for road transportation—an increase from 2 percent in 2009.3
The average cost of feeding a family breakfast is 11.7 per cent higher today than it was one year ago, with the price of some staple items rising by over 40 per cent. Official figures last week put overall inflation in the UK at 4.4 per cent . . .
The rising prices of basic commodities such as wheat, sugar, coffee and vegetable oil – which form the basis of many breakfast foods – have been blamed for the inflation-busting increases.
Tim Worstall thinks so. He says breakfast is getting more expensive and biofuels are to blame:
You’ll note that three of the four are items that are used to make biofuels. . .
The price of eggs is largely determined by the price of corn which is….yes,
another crop that is used to make biofuels. I think I’m right in saying that
some 40% of the entire American crop is currently turned into ethanol.
This is, quite sadly, simply evidence of the quite lunatic idea that we
should be putting food into cars rather than people. The idea itself is bad
enough but we then have the governmental insistence (on both sides of the
Atlantic, the US and the EU) that such fuels must be used. There is no choice in
the matter, we are not allowed to avoid starving people.
An increase in renewable fuels, particularly if they are cleaner burning, is a worthy aim but feeding people is more important than heating and moving them.
Crops for food should always take precedence over crops for fuel.