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Food vs fuel: Ukraine war increases scrutiny on use of crops for energy

By Camilla Hodgson and Emiko Terazono

12 Jun 2022 · 4 min read

Editor's Note

With the war in Ukraine resulting in soaring food prices, there's a renewed debate about whether food crops should still be used to create biofuels. The FT explains.

Soaring food prices caused by the war in Ukraine have increased the risk of famine, raising pressure on producers of low-carbon fuels derived from crops and sparking a “food versus biofuel” debate.  

Before Russia’s invasion, global biofuel production was at a record high. In the US, the leading biofuels producer, 36 per cent of total corn production went into biofuels last year, while biodiesel accounted for 40 per cent of soyabean oil supplies.

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