Spot the link

Could there be a link between this:

Biofuels regain momentum:

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

And this:

Price of breakfast soars:

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.

20 Responses to Spot the link

  1. robertguyton says:

    “Crops for food should always take precedence over crops for fuel.”
    Amen to that.
    Vehicles are gluttonous beasts.
    Bicycles on the other hand, barely require feeding at all!

  2. Bulaman says:

    Cellulosic raw material from waste to make Bio-Butanol appears from my research to be the best option. Waste wood, straw, can be converted to bio-butanol. Butanol has major advantages over other fuels and can be used in our existing fuel infrastructure and vehicles without costly alterations needed for others due to the corrosive nature of smaller chain fuels.

  3. Bulaman says:

    Bob..
    Try delivering the daily needs of a Countdown/Pak-N-Save from the back of your bike! I know the greens want us to return to caves where our lives will be organic violent and short .. All by bike

  4. Andrei says:

    The link was spotted long ago when the requirement for petrol to have a 10% alcohol (biofuel) content coincided with food riots in Mexico.

    And people wonder why I think Governments are actually unwitting servants of Satan because depriving the poor of food, the basic necessities of life in order to try and run our civilization on sunlight is indeed Satanic.

    Our civilization cannot run on solar power delivered at 0.7 watt/m² averaged over the entire planetary surface – it just can’t be done.

  5. Come on Robert.
    Pedelling a bike uses energy.
    You need to eat more food and drink more liquid.
    I am sure you emit more co2 when you puff and pant as well 🙂

  6. mort says:

    Biofuels are just another link in the green chain to kill off poor people, and stop black people getting above where the greenies want them.
    Bulaman you have a point with cellulosic non edible carbon, but the calorific content is still poor. Graphene may one day hold out to be a worthy green tech which doesn’t kill people, but until then Gore and his global bullshit artists should all be tried with crimes against humanity

  7. robertguyton says:

    Bulaman – try growing your food at home and you’ll not need to go to the supermarket by any means! What you claim to ‘know about the Greens’ seems more a shrivelled prejudice than anything real.

    Fairfacts – bicycles are demonstrably the most efficient form of personal transport we know. Powering up the rider with food and drink is no problem to the wise man who grows and collects his own.

    Mort – you are an idiot.

  8. Andrei says:

    Where does the bicycle come from Robert? Does it make itself out of materials nobody dug out of the ground.

    Does it indeed materialize itself in a backyard cabbage patch?

  9. robertguyton says:

    Andrei – you never did explain to me how farmers pay for the water they irrigate with.
    As to the generation of the bicycle – yes, they divide in the same way an amoeba does – I’ve watched mine do it, though felt a little embarrassed standing there, as its quite a tender moment.
    I’m well aware that industry is needed to build a bicycle Andrei. What I’m saying is, beyond that necessary process, further costs to the environment, and to food production world-wide, are minimised by bicycle use. Other vehicles consume vastly greater amounts of energy than the humble but devilishly well designed bicycle.

  10. gravedodger says:

    Of course Robert, your recent trip from Riverton to sunny Nelson was on yer bike.

  11. robertguyton says:

    I didn’t go to Nelson recently Gravedodger.
    Today’s quake’s got you all shook up!

  12. gravedodger says:

    Approaching 70, Robert , any time this year qualifies as recent for me.
    Yes it was a “RUDE” awakening as jamies are for when visiting or having house guests.
    Stirred not shaken, Bond through the looking glass.
    Licenced to llik.

  13. robertguyton says:

    Winceyette, broad vertical stripes, elastic waist, easy-access fly – I’m not going to suggest they have the button-down rear flap GD, even I have some sense of decorum!

  14. mort says:

    and again the leftist voids the results of their policies… how unusual!!!

    what is the definition of a crime against humanity then Robert?

  15. robertguyton says:

    I was in Nelson earlier in the year Gravedodger, though it seems an age ago.
    My younger sister, Claire, died from a brain tumour.
    You’re right, I didn’t bike up.
    I did Claire’s eulogy, as the elder brother should, though I was still pretty angry about the circumstances of her death and was too bitter then to do it sugary. I choked-up, unexpectedly and had to ‘take a moment’ to gather myself.
    Interestingly, Claire’s tumour was discovered by the doctor, after she was knocked off her bicycle and unconscious by the driver of a SUV.
    It’s never been clear whether he did her a favour, or whether the trauma of the crash caused the tumour to flare up.
    Claire was twin to her surviving sister Julie.
    Through that same looking glass, IYF

  16. mort says:

    Its sad about your loss but you’d be clutching at straws to blame the SUV for the tumour.
    Did she spend an inordinate amount of time on a cordless or cellular phone?

  17. robertguyton says:

    No.
    Are you an Oncologist?

  18. mort says:

    No, although they like spending as much money as they can on a hopeless cause too

  19. mort says:

    Seems Robert won’t answer the question of what is a crime against humanity? perhaps someone else will give us their definition

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