Dear Sir /Madam
I am a now a US citizen who came here from Africa. In our African church we sang about America the beautiful and “amber waves of grain” from donated American hymnals.
Relief agencies would fly in Mielie Meel (Corn Flour) and other staples while bare foot Africans stood in line waiting. Women carrying babies in a sling, carried 10kg bags of corn back to the village, to be pounded to flour with mortar to make flatcakes on hot stones.
In Seattle, I now pay for emission testing.
Meanwhile back home my family tells me hunger is rampant and the relief flights don’t come as often as food aid buys less these days. I discovered Iowa used to export 50% of their corn harvest but is soon to be importing corn for ethanol Bio-fuel.
I am not against Bio-fuel. Brazil has 40% of their all fuel made from sugar cane, but it takes 450 pounds of corn to fill a SUV tank – in Africa that is food for 1 whole year. Please reconsider making BioFuel from wood or from sugar cane like Brazil. Why sing about “amber waves” of industrial production when people starve?.
Why target the poor mans harvest and starve him for our Bio-fuel. I can not help but think every time I fill my car – How many people will not eat so I can drive? Even here poor Mexicans spend money on corn tortillas and rioted last year.
I will pay more for gas – but don’t make me guilty of murder and taking the food from the poor. Leave the food alone and use something else, like sugar or wood for Bio-fuel.