Is US biofuel policy about soaking tax payers and starving the world

Is US biofuel policy about soaking tax payers and starving the world? The Richmond Times Despatch thinks so in its InRich Blog. Barton Hinkle’s piece makes the link between food aid, the ability of biofuel to lift the rural poor in developing nations out of subsistence farming and on the corruption that accompanies much food aid.
Worth reading if only because the US could gain a lot of credit overseas if it were to start promoting biofuel cash crops in the developing world. These could help elevate the poor out of poverty, and build mutual need between the rich north and the poor south.

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