Biofuels starve the poor

Soil degradation, therefore, poses a threat to food security, as it reduces yield, forces farmers to use more inputs, and may eventually lead to soil abandonment. Unfortunately, the importance of preserving soil health appears to be overlooked by policy makers. In this paper, I first briefly introduce the present situation concerning agricultural production, natural resources, soil degradation, land use and the challenge ahead, to show how these issues are strictly interwoven. Then, I define soil degradation and present a review of its typologies and estimates at a global level.

Biofuels starve the poor

The report projects world supply of oil, natural gas, coal, nuclear, hydro, wind, solar, biofuels, and other renewable energies from to It also projects the overall world energy consumption, gross world economic product, energy efficiency, and carbon dioxide emissions from to The Biofuels starve the poor analytical tool is Hubbert Linearization, first proposed by American geologist M.

Despite its limitations, Hubbert Linearization provides a useful tool helping to indicate the likely level of ultimately recoverable resources under the existing trends of technology, economics, and geopolitics.

Other statistical methods and some official projections will also be used where they are relevant.

Biofuels starve the poor

Oil According to BP Statistical Review of World Energyworld oil consumption including crude oil, natural gas liquids, coal-to-liquids, gas-to-liquids, and biofuels reached 4, million metric tons Inoil consumption accounted for World oil production including crude oil and natural gas liquids reached 4, million metric tons The US accounted for all of the growth of world oil production from to Figure 2 shows the historical and projected US oil production from to The projection is based on the reference case scenario for US oil production from to projected by the US Energy Information Administration EIAextended to based on the trend from to The EIA reference case projects the US oil production to peak inwith a production level of million metric tons.

Figure 3 applies the Hubbert Linearization analysis to the world excluding the US oil production. As ofthe world excluding the US cumulative production of oil was billion metric tons. The linear trend from to indicates the ultimately recoverable amount to be billion metric tons.

Regression R-square is 0.

Biofuels starve the poor

Figure 4 shows the world excluding the US historical and projected oil production from to The world excluding the US oil production is projected to peak inwith a production level of 3, million metric tons.

Figure 5 shows the world historical and projected oil production. The projected world oil production is the sum of the projected world excluding the US oil production and the projected US oil production.

World oil production is projected to peak inwith a production level of 4, million metric tons. Natural Gas According to BP Statistical Review of World Energyworld natural gas consumption reached 3, billion cubic meters 3, million metric tons of oil-equivalent in1.

Innatural gas consumption accounted for World natural gas production reached 3, billion cubic meters 3, million metric tons of oil-equivalent in1.

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Figure 7 shows the historical and projected US natural gas production from to The projection is based on the reference case scenario for the US natural gas production from to projected by the US Energy Information Administration EIAextended to based on the trend from to Figure 8 applies the Hubbert Linearization analysis to the world excluding the US natural gas production.

As ofthe world excluding the US cumulative production of natural gas was 67 billion metric tons of oil-equivalent.

Figure 9 shows the world excluding the US historical and projected natural gas production from to The world excluding the US natural gas production is projected to peak inwith a production level of 2, million metric tons of oil-equivalent.

Figure 10 shows the world historical and projected natural gas production.

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The projected world natural gas production is the sum of the projected world excluding the US natural gas production and the projected US natural gas production.

World natural gas production is projected to peak inwith a production level of 3, million metric tons of oil-equivalent. Coal According to BP Statistical Review of World Energyworld coal consumption reached 3, million metric tons of oil-equivalent in3.

Incoal consumption accounted for Population is not of concern if there are enough resources to go around. Important resources like water of suitable quality for growing crops, drinking, cooking, and cleanliness, fertile soil for growing food and trees, and fuel for warmth and cooking.

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Nov 08,  · Latest environmental news, features and updates. Pictures, video and more. A debate is raging over the role biofuels, especially corn-based ethanol, have played in increasing food prices, and hence in the rising number of people going hungry.

Jun 23,  · This is a guest post by Political Economist. World Energy An Informal Annual Report “Political Economist” June The purpose of this informal report is to provide an analytical framework to track the development of world energy supply and demand as well as their impacts on the global economy.

Aug 31,  · vetconnexx.com needs to be stored with a moisture content of 15% or less, but it’s typically %, and rain or snow during harvest will raise . In the year since the publication of our article, "How Biofuels Could Starve the Poor" (May/June ), the average price of corn has increased by some 60 percent, soybeans by 76 percent, wheat by 54 percent, and rice by percent.

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