Wednesday, June 11, 2008

Beef's Beef with Lester Brown

steer cattle beefThe Grocery Manufacturers Association has cobbled together a consortium of odd bedfellows in its battle to blame food cost increases on ethanol: giant multi-national food corporations, extremest environmentalists and agricultural trade groups.

So it's surprising to read that the National Cattlemen's Beef Association has joined lock-step with Lester Brown's prediction that biofuels is fueling world poverty:
“Food-to-fuel policies led to expanded corn planting, which set off a cascade of changing land use at home and around the world that threatens crucial ecosystems. At the same time, global food price spikes are destabilizing nations and driving millions of people deeper into poverty. We cannot afford to ignore these impacts any longer.” - GMA-FoodBeforeFuel press release, June 10, 2008
Dr. Brown is no stranger agriculture. Or to prediction end-of-world food scenarios. A quick look over at the Cattlemen's website shows what others have long known about his "predictions". And very interesting to see what the Cattlemen think too:
It should be noted that Brown has been predicting food security crises for more than 20 years and has yet to be correct in any prediction. - National Cattlemen's Beef Association
Source:, Grocery Manufacturers Association - Food Before Fuel

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