The Millionaires' Corner
Tuesday, October 30, 2007
Corn ethanol as the answer to global warming and American energy independence can have negative impacts not only on food but on water.
New studies suggest that production of corn ethanol not only makes global warming worse but contributes heavily to water pollution. One reason is the heavy doses of nitrogen fertilizer that American farmers dump on corn fields. A study by Paul J. Crutzen, a Nobel Prize-winning chemist, argues that some biofuels release more greenhouse gases than they save because nitrogen fertilizer produces nitrous oxide, a greenhouse gas that is 300 times more potent than carbon dioxide as an atmospheric insulator.
The study estimates that corn ethanol produces between .9 and 1.5 times the global warming effect of conventional gasoline.
Sunday, October 28, 2007
Moringa is good for humans, animal, the planet.
Moringa is a tropical tree, fast growing, resistant to drought and an important source of food for people and animals in many countries. There are 13 species known, of which Moringa oleifera is particularly easy to reproduce and its growth is very fast.
It has been lauded since Aryuvedic times. Modern scientific research now shows that the leaves are full of nutritious content - for example, gram for gram, moringa leaves are an excellent source of calcium,vitamin C, vitamin A, potassium, and protein.
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Saturday, October 27, 2007
• United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD)
• Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO)
• United Nations Development Program (UNDP)
• United Nations Environment Program (UNEP)
• United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO)
However, a United Nations expert has condemned the growing use of crops to produce biofuels as a replacement for petrol as a crime against humanity, fearing that biofuels would bring more hunger given that food prices have risen as more land is used to produce biofuels.
He complained of an ill-conceived dash to convert foodstuffs such as maize and sugar into fuel, which created a recipe for disaster by diverting arable land to the production of crops which are then burned for fuel.
He called for a five-year ban on the practice.