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It's evil corn at work again: A secret World Bank report says that the production of biofuels is using up land that used to produce food, leading to a 75% increase in global food prices despite the US government's allegation that biofuel production has only increased food prices by 3%.

The World Bank report, which was completed in April, has not been publicly released so as not to embarrass the Bush administration. In the July 4th edition of the Guardian newspaper Aditya Chakrabortty quotes a World Bank official as saying, "It would put the World Bank in a political hot-spot with the White House."

Chakrabortty quotes Oxfam advisor (Oxfam is a major UK anti-poverty charity) as saying,"Political leaders seem intent on suppressing and ignoring the strong evidence that biofuels are a major factor in recent food price rises. It is imperative that we have the full picture. While politicians concentrate on keeping industry lobbies happy, people in poor countries cannot afford enough to eat."

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If we don't learn from the past?that is, REALLY LEARN?then we aren't going to be able to face the future!

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