‘Sif we don’t have enough problem feeding the world’s people, now they want to feed food to our cars as well. Ethanol-laced petrol is a growing sector of the fuel market, and is made industrially by fermenting the sugars in corn and purifying the resultant alcohol. Replacing a percentage of petrol with cleaner-burning ethanol sounds like a good idea, but wait: we already have a use for corn. Not only do people eat it, but it’s a staple in the diets of domesticated farm animals (read: food source for the unenlightened masses). I for one doubt that when the demand for corn rises, the agricultural industry as a whole is going to look for alternate stock feed crops, but rather clear more land (containing all this useless rainforest and eliminating the animals inhabiting it which can’t be eaten, make milk or lay eggs) and plant more corn. While corn may be a renewable commodity, it seems fairly self-evident that clearing biologically diverse rainforest for monoculture crops is unsustainable, especially since corn is possibly THE worst topsoil-eroding crop. Real smart.
But wait; there’s more. Not a set of steak knives I have no use for, but actual steak. A side effect of the geniuses in charge thinking that the answer to the starving third world children and climate change is “make moar meatz!” and “turn our lights off for an hour!” (instead of “encourage veganism, utilise land efficiently for crops and in the process save water, the environment, the animals and everyone’s health”) is that the livestock industry has all these left-over animal fats, bones and by-products to get rid of (how else could we have invented lard on toast, jelly, or animal-fat moisturisers?).
Cue the buzz word “biofuel” and we have someone go “animals equals bio!” and some other idiot wants to put animal fats into car engines. Great, if you own a slaughterhouse and want to sell some of your surplus by-products. Not great, if you’re veg*n and don’t want to increase profits/decrease waste-elimination costs of an industry built on animal expoitation nor provide the ignorant another “reason” humans have to rely on animal slaughter.