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The biofuel battle

(article, Culinate staff)

It ain't news that rising food costs are due, in part, to the fact that we use edible plants for fuel instead of food. In July, however, a report confirmed the link between U.S. food prices and plant-fuel production. As the Guardian noted, even as farmers worldwide rush to grow more corn and soybeans, there still isn't enough to feed our demand for both food and fuel. And efforts to produce sustainable biofuels from non-edible plant materials, Reuters recently reported, are at least five years away from mass production.