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Rush to Use Crops as Fuel Raises Food Prices and Hunger Fears

Description:
A New York Times article reviewing the impacts of using food crops for biofuels, especially with cassava and corn extending beyond first world impacts.

Related Topics:
1. Energy is a physical quantity that follows precise natural laws.
2. Physical processes on Earth are the result of energy flow through the Earth system.
3. Biological processes depend on energy flow through the Earth system.
5. Energy decisions are influenced by economic, political, environmental, and social factors.
6. The amount of energy used by human society depends on many factors.
7. The quality of life of individuals and societies is affected by energy choices.
4. Various sources of energy are used to power human activities.

Associated Grade Levels:
5-67-89-1011-12Public

Related Sub-Topics

3.6 Humans are part of Earth’s ecosystems and influence energy flow through these systems.

4.5 Humans generate electricity in multiple ways.

1.1 Energy is a quantity that is transferred from system to system.

7.6 Some populations are more vulnerable to impacts of energy choices than others.

5.1 Decisions concerning the use of energy resources are made at many levels.

4.3 Fossil and biofuels are organic matter that contain energy captured from sunlight.

5.4 Energy decisions are influenced by economic factors.

6.5 Social and technological innovation affects the amount of energy used by human society.

7.3 Environmental quality is impacted by energy choices.

5.7 Energy decisions are influenced by social factors.

7.4 Increasing demand for and limited supplies of fossil fuels affects quality of life.

4.1 Humans transfer and transform energy from the environment into forms useful for human endeavors

7.1 Economic security is impacted by energy choices.

4.6 Humans intentionally store energy for later use in a number of different ways.

3.2 Food is a biofuel used by organisms to acquire energy for internal living processes.

4.2 Humans use of energy is subject to limits and constraints.

5.5 Energy decisions are influenced by political factors.

6.4 Earth has limited energy resources.

5.2 Energy infrastructure has inertia.

6.7 Products and services carry with them embedded energy.

7.2 National security is impacted by energy choices.

2.7 The effects of changes in Earth’s energy system are often not immediately apparent.

4.7 Different sources of energy and different ways energy is transformed, transported, and stored.

2.1 Earth constantly changes as energy flows through the system.

4.4 Humans transport energy from place to place.

5.6 Energy decisions are influenced by environmental factors.

7.5 Access to energy resources affects quality of life.