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Letters: 85 mph Road, Driver Shortage, Biofuels vs. Food

Interstate Agent for Allied Van Lines

Newark, Ohio

Biofuels vs. Food

The increased use of soybean biofuels may sound great as it applies to energy dependence, but a very important point has been left out. The increased use of soybean-based biofuels has decreased the amount of the food crops many farmers used to grow, reducing the supply of many of these food crops.

This is now showing up in agricultural studies, and the amount of soybeans grown for biofuel production may need to be reduced to keep up with the demand for food. Both population and consumption are growing as crops are decreasing. Under the supply-and-demand rule, this will increase the cost of food.

There needs to be a balance here because overall fuel savings will be lost at the supermarket.

Phil B.

Retired Over-the-Road Driver

Everett, Wash.

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