joining the dots … fuel, water, oil and poverty …

By abelard, see on Google groups uk.politics.misc, Jun 17 2006.

Excerpt: … Roughly 60 percent of the world grain harvest is consumed as food, 36  percent as feed, and 3 percent as fuel. While the use of grain for food and feed grows by roughly 1 percent per year, that used for fuel is growing by over 20 percent per year …

Although the rate of world population growth is projected to slow further, the number of people to be added is expected to remain above 70 million a year until 2020 …

The newest, potentially huge claimant on world grain supplies, the use of grain to produce fuel ethanol, is concentrated in the United States where a projected 55 million tons, or one fifth of the projected 268-million-ton corn harvest for 2006, will be used for this purpose …

Water tables are now falling and wells are going dry in countries that contain half the world’s people, including the big three grain producers – China, India, and the United States.  In China, water shortages have helped lower the wheat harvest from its peak of 123 million tons in 1997 to below 100 million tons in recent years …

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