The demand for environmentally friendly corn-based ethanol fuel is having some unforeseen consequences; the price of corn in Mexico has risen by 400% in recent months. Corn, of course, is used to make the dietary staple tortillas- and the poor of that country are struggling to cope.
"When there isn't enough money to buy meat, you do without," said Bonifacia Ysidro. "Tortillas," she added, "you can't do without."
Of course, I'm sure that most "greenies" won't be at all concerned about the 53 million or so people
currently living in poverty who are on the verge of sliding into starvation- saving the planet is more important than mere people to them.