Oxfam urges us to tell everybody that there is enough food to feed the world. But people go hungry. Why?
It’s partly because food crops are used to make biofuels. European Union (EU) governments committed themselves, four years ago, to sourcing 10% of transport energy from renewable sources by 2020. Ruth Kelly at Oxfam says that they are set to meet this target almost exclusively using biofuels made from food crops. So vehicles get fed while people go hungry.
Another voice from Oxfam is Jeremy Hobbs: Oxfam’s Executive Director. Mr Hobbs says, ‘The world is facing an unbridled land rush that is exposing poor people to hunger, violence and the threat of a life-time in poverty. The World Bank is in a unique position to stop this from becoming one of the great scandals of the 21st century.’ The World Bank should freeze its ‘land grabs’, says Mr Hobbs. Its ‘investments in agriculture have increased by 200% in the last 10 years’ without sufficient caution about poor people’s need to grow food. Poor people’s legal entitlement to land is getting ignored and guess what that means? People go hungry.