Gallery: Is Fast Fashion Driving Global Food Shortages?

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Not everyone sees biofuels as the cure-all to our energy woes. By ousting food crops in favor of ethanol-producing ones and sending food prices skyrocketing, ethanol and its ilk are considered as much bane as boon. A United Nations expert even went so far as to call food-to-fuel production a “crime against humanity.” But biofuel’s detractors are missing a bigger picture, argues Pamela Ravasio in The Guardian on Thursday. Never mind the estimated 32 million acres of arable land we’d need to produce 36 billion gallons of biodiesel by 2022, she says, referring to targets set by the 2007 Energy Bill. World cotton growers will farm 88 million acres by year’s end, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture. “In other words,” Ravasio writes, “it is the ‘white gold,’ cotton, not fuel, that is in direct competition with food.”

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