The Search for Renewable Energy Sources: Who Gets Hurt?
World corn prices have risen considerably in recent years because of corn ethanol production. If you are poor and rely on cheap corn as your staple food, such price increases are bad news. This is just one example of how energy decisions made in the U.S. or Europe can have unintended consequences for the rest of the world. Dr. Roz Naylor, a well-known agricultural economist, researches the environmental and equity dimensions of intensive food and energy feedstock production. She speaks with Margot Gerritsen about making more globally-aware decisions.