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How the Government is Causing the Global Food Crisis

Thirty countries have already experienced food riots this year. Tens of millions of people are being pushed into abject poverty and starvation. And to a large degree, this crisis is man-made -- the result of misguided energy and farm policies.

Perhaps the most wrongheaded policies are the tangle of subsidies, mandates and tariffs that encourage the production of biofuels from crops in the United States and the European Union. According to the World Bank, almost all of the growth in global corn production from 2004 to 2007 was devoted to American ethanol production. This increased corn and animal feed prices, and prompted farmers to switch from other crops to corn.


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