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Earth Policy Institute. 2006. Data files for Supermarkets and Service Stations Now Competing for Grain. http://www.earth-policy.org/Updates/2006/Update55_data.htm (Accessed November 17, 2008)
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Biofuels production 2005, by country (ethanol and biodiesel)
Hugo Ahlenius, UNEP/GRID-Arendal
Production of crops for biofuels also competes with food production
(Banse et al., 2008). Indeed, the corn equivalent of the
energy used on a few minutes drive could feed a person for a
day, while a full tank of ethanol in a large 4-wheel drive suburban
utility vehicle could almost feed one person for a year. A
recent OECD-FAO (2007) report expected food prices to rise
by between 20% and 50% by 2016 partly as a result of biofuels.
Already, drastically raised food prices have resulted in violent
demonstrations and protests around the world in early 2008.
Current OECD scenarios by the IMAGE model project a mean
increase in the proportion of land allocated to crops for biofuel
production equivalent to 0.5% of the cropland area in 2008,
2% by 2030 (range 1–3%) and 5% by 2050 (range 2–8%).