Food vs. fuel debate deflates

By | September 20, 2010
The World Bank recently released a report that reversed its claims faulting biofuels for food price increases. The National Biodiesel Board's communications team issued a press release and used social media to bring attention to the recent report.

The report, "Placing the 2006/08 Commodity Price Boom into Perspective," drastically reduces estimates of biofuels impact on commodity prices. World Bank economists now say that initial estimates were too high and note, "This paper concludes that a stronger link between energy and nonenergy commodity prices is likely to be the dominant influence on developments in commodity, and especially food, markets."

The initial study done by the World Bank was the basis of many opponents' claims in the food vs. fuel debate.

"Food price inflation of 2008 was all about energy price inflation and the oil shock," said NBB CEO Joe Jobe. "The new report deflates the hot air behind the tired food vs. fuel debate and reinforces that biodiesel provides a renewable alternative to petroleum without negatively impacting food markets."

The NBB release attracted many regional and industry press stories, as well as follow-up interviews on the report results.
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