As the price of oil zooms into new levels, post industrial societies have shifted enormous sectors of their agriculture to produce ethanol for cars. A result is increasing shortages of food and higher prices. From Bangladesh to Haiti, from Uganda to Bolivia, people are taking to the streets in protest against higher food prices. Louis Michel, the European Union’s humanitarian commssioner, said “a global food crisis is becoming apparent. We are headed toward the “perfect storm” in which drought, poor harvests, rising fuel prices, the growth of biofuels and increased pressure from a rising Chinese and Indian middle class is exerting temendous demands upon existing food resources. Last week, people rioted in Egypt over food prices and 40 people died in such outbreaks in the Cameroon in February. There have been violent demonstrations in Senegal, the Ivory Coast and Mauritania.
Wheat and corn were meant to be eaten, not driven. World leaders continually denounce the rise of terrorism while pursuing energy programs that encourage the rise of terrorism. Do industrial societies of the world expect people on the verge of starvation to show “patience” because Americans or Europeans refuse to adopt intelligent energy programs that would reduce reliance on ethanol and oil? It is time for those possessing wealth to demonstrate in the streets in favor of an end to utilization of oil as the main source of energy.