Patricia Grogg, Common Dreams
A protester holds up corn during a march on the streets against the rising price of tortillas (thin corn patties that are a staple of the Mexican diet) in Mexico City in this January 31, 2007 photo. Using plants to feed their fuel needs may be a great idea, and the biofuel goldrush could be a moneyspinner for several poor countries, but some experts warn people may go hungry as food prices rise. REUTERS/Henry Romero
The governments of Cuba and Venezuela are planning to move forward together on biofuels production, but they will rely on producing alcohol from sugarcane, in order to spare food crops.
Official Cuban sources described the cooperative alcohol program between the two countries as part of their "joint efforts" to protect the environment, reduce consumption of fossil fuels and promote alternative energy sources, while holding fast to the principle of not using edible crops to make fuels.
Food for fuel, a sure way of creating a hunger crisis, Jean Ziegler and Siv O'Neall, Axis of Logic
Hunger is a weapon of mass destruction