Saturday, 27 October 2007

Crime Against Humanity

Starving African Child in Sudan (photographer unknown)In May I posted an advert which highlighted the loss of orang-utan habitat, due to biofuel land clearance, and wrote "There isn't enough arable land on our planet to grow crops for both machines and people. We have a stark choice ahead: feed the cars or feed the people" (CLICK). Seven months later, the UN makes the same point. Jean Ziegler, the UN special rapporteur on the right to food, has condemned biofuels as a "crime against humanity" (title link). I've used poetic licence to illustrate this point. The Sudanese child starving to death isn't a victim of biofuel farming, but of religion and politics, specifically a brutal and doctrinaire Islamic regime that for decades has been forcibly converting or persecuting infidels native to its country. (Islam is Peace!) Growing crops to burn will have the same effect: the weak, the poor, will starve.


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