The New York Times covers the food vs fuel debate. "This is the other oil shock. From India to Indiana, shortages and soaring prices for palm oil, soybean oil and many other types of vegetable oils are the latest, most striking example of a developing global problem: costly food."
Poor people may be able to grow their own staple foods, but they have to buy oil, and the price is skyrocketing with demand, up 70% last year. And of course, "Farmers and plantation companies are responding to the higher prices, clearing hundreds of thousands of acres of tropical forest to replant with rows of oil palms." ::New York Times
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