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With vegetable oils finding a new use as car fuel, we may end up facing a food shortage or paying more for food. Soaring demand for corn, sugar cane, rapeseed and palm oil to make biofuels has driven up prices of these crops, and that of food made from them.
The solution to the food or fuel debate is simple - make fuel from non-food crops.
Farmers have, over thousands of years, cultivated some 140,000 rice varieties but today, only a handful of hybrid breeds are planted.
New Zealand has asked Malaysia to lift the two-year import ban on its beef, which was imposed when the meat was deemed not halal.
It was a song about the tears of trees but it brought tears to the eyes of the listeners instead.
It is a remarkable achievement that China, with only 7% of the world's arable land, is able to feed its 1.3 billion people - a quarter of the global population.