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Do you believe that the food price hikes are linked to the increased production of ethanol?

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Science 28th May 2008 M.Lockyer Do you believe that the food price hikes are linked to the increased production of ethanol? YES, I think the increased production of ethanol is one of the main reasons behind the drastic food price increase. Ethanol is a farm grown fuel made from distilled plant matter. Countries have realised that more income is generated from the production of ethanol than the production of crops for food. Many farms that used to farm to provide food have been converted to produce ethanol. This means that less food is produced throughout the region so there becomes a food shortage. ...read more.

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These producers are forced to raise the prices of their products in order to make a profit. Is ethanol the way to go? Are there not other alternatives? Motivate your answers. I do not think Ethanol is the way to go. I do not at all think it is "the fuel of the future." Ethanol is advertised as a clean burning fuel. This is very misleading as the production of ethanol is not clean. For the production of Ethanol natural gas based fertilizers, farm equipment, transformation from corn or other materials, and transportation are used. Ethanol also increases global warming, causes deforestation and leads to the increase of food prices. ...read more.

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We should be worrying more about the massive famine problem across the globe rather than producing a fuel that is causing more harm than good. Michael Grunwald said "that one person could be fed for 365 days on the corn needed to fill an ethanol-fueled SUV." On that note one should really be asking if the production of Ethanol is really worth it? As an alternative to vehicles run on ethanol and gasoline, one should look at vehicles run on compressed air. Toyota have designed a car that runs on compressed air. To know if this is the way to go we must first see how much it costs to produce compressed air and how long the car can run for without refilling. Once we know these answers we can see if compressed air is the way to go. ...read more.

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