Biofuel demand is increasing because of a combination of growing energy needs; rising oil costs; the pursuit of clean, renewable sources of energy; and the desire to boost farm incomes in developed countries. In turn, the need for crops – such as maize and sugarcane – to be used as feedstocks for biofuels has increased dramatically. That demand has had a significant and increasing impact on global food systems.
The effects of growing biofuel demand are interwoven with tightening grain markets,...
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