The unsettling spike in global fuel prices prompted a U.N. official to speak out recently against biofuels like ethanol, which is made from corn. Jean Ziegler told the world, "Burning food today, so as to serve the mobility of the rich countries, is a crime against humanity."
Which remark much offended the leaders of Brazil, the world's largest producer of biofuels. "The real crime against humanity is discounting biofuels a priori," said President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva.
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