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Rising food cost for the sake of biofuel?

Posted by @hardgamer32, Sep 26, 2011

Climate change has become worldwide issue, a driving motive to alternate green energy like corn and wheat extracted biofuel, or recycleing of food waste, etc. Green energy policy can surely reduce corbon footprint to earth’s atmosphere and ocean, can create additional jobs that’s much ethical to the environment, however it’s also an issue of economic viability.

For our healthier nutritional demand with ever rising fuel and food cost, organic and locally harvested ones might be an ultimate solution (or best option to take at least for now) to lower price down by minimized transportation cost also helping out the local and more ethical growers by less usage of pesticide and chemical growth hormone..

In an effort to significantly reduce carbon driven fuels as coal and oil, and find and invest in alternate greener energy source, it inevitably might have to create global warming gases in the process, or costlier than green energy itself.
So it is vital for policy makers, corporate producers and local growers to reach consensus and thin balance to find a common goal to protect the environment, but at the same time, to offer healthier choices- organic or less chemically grown- of fresh crops, fruits and veggies for us consumers. But it’s much easier said than done! Due to the corporate culture of mass production in some nations as United States, it’s much cheaper and easier access to buy corporately grown produce than locally grown healthier choices which tend to be higher in cost side. However, this phenomena isn’t necessarily reflecting equation of supply, demand and shortage.. at least in my view experience living both in U.S. prolonged periods of time and in S.Korea (my native country)

What we eat (healthier option or less so), access to them and affordibility isn’t all have to do with production and cost.. It’s also partly or mainly about what federal or regional policy makers, and consumers priotize in diverse interests in their living culture, mundane choices. Are they(as consumers) willing to pay a dime more to select from better quality choices in groceries? Will local growers and farmers markets be guaranteed to meet suffcient revenue and be able to offer fresh produce with certified quality?

In S.Korea I came to find consumers here are very aware of food choices they buy around local markets, given that food culture(helathier options) is quite priotized in this culture.. Given harvest acreage’s relatively limited landmass, and population density in this country, I wonder how consumers here manage to buy fresh crops and produce in relatively reasonable prices even though it’s getting much difficult day by day as demand side increase much faster than availability. Maybe governmental subsidy plays major part in adjusting the purchasing cost of those fresh veggies.. Majority people here still feel hesitant to buy ‘Chinese grown’ ones mostly due to lower quality than domestic, and some nasty publicity about ‘Chinese produce’ and seafoods tainted with harmful elements. Then when its’ somehow possible here to get them relatively easily, why not in America which has much larger acreage of fertile landmass to grow fresh produce in cheaper cost without using too much of chemical fertilizers?
Does corporate mind have to maximize the profits (of growth) to be more competible? then what us as consumers getting from it?


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