07 May Again NPR deflects attention from Ethanol’s food-price effect
May 7, 2011
In a story covering the release of a study linking higher food prices with global climate change, NPR failed to add any reference to that other huge vector force driving food prices up: biofuel mandates in the US and Europe. A list of NPR underwriters that day included the Cargill Corporation, a major player in the biofuel industry.
Ethanol, (one form of biofuel), the use of which is forced on the US consumer by mandates, currently diverts about 40% of the US Corn crop and replaces only between 8 and 10% of US motor transport fuel needs.
Another mover and shaker in the politics of biofuels, Archer Daniels Midlands, gave great amounts of money to NPR during the formative years of the ethanol hoax, when the company sponsored anti-intellectual feel-good euphoria with its “Think yellow go green” ads.
The NPR story by Richard Harris from May 7: