European laws that mandate increased use of biofuels for vehicles have contributed
to rising food prices in Asia, Africa and Latin America
story by Elizabeth Rosenthal reports
Much land once used for food-based
agriculture is also being used more profitably to grow raw material for biofuels.
Central America, with its corn-based
diet and proximity to the U.S.,
has less imported corn now that the U.S. is using 40 percent of its
corn crop for biofuels, and is growing less corn at home. In Guatemalan, for instance,
who used to raise corn now grow sugar cane to
export for European biofuels.
the price of corn in Guatemala has doubled.